News Brazil creates cyberattack response network

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Brazil has created a cyberattack response network aimed at promoting faster response to cyber threats and vulnerabilities through coordination between federal government bodies.

Created through a presidential decree signed on July 16, the Federal Cyber Incident Management Network will encompass the Institutional Security Office of the presidency as well as all bodies and entities under the federal governing administration. Public companies, mixed capital companies and their subsidiaries may become members of the network voluntarily.

The network will be coordinated by the Information Security Department of the Office of Institutional Security of the presidency through the government's Center for Prevention, Treatment and Response to Cybersecurity Incidents.


The Digital Government Secretariat (DGS), which operates under the Special Secretariat for Management and Digital Government of the Ministry of Economy, will have a strategic role in the formation of the network. The DGS is the central body of SISP, a system utilized for planning, coordinating, organizing, operating, controlling and supervising the federal government's information technology resources across more than 200 bodies.


According to the DGS, the information sharing outlined in the decree that creates the network is expected to improve the articulation of SISP in terms of the prevention of incidents and actions required in a possible cyberattack. The Secretariat also implied that there is an expectation that public companies such as Dataprev, the government's social security technology and information company, and Serpro, the federal data processing service, will join the initiative even though their participation is not compulsory.

Having immediate knowledge about attacks and potential vulnerabilities being exploited will enable the Secretariat to alert other bodies to enforce the necessary containment measures, adding that another area of focus could include the development of guides and training to address the main issues identified by the network.
 
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