If the benefits of robust cyber sharing are readily apparent, why is the current quality of collaboration so inconsistent?
Put simply, the costs and risks of sharing currently outweigh the perceived value of a widespread information partnership. The status quo incentive structure encourages both firms and states to keep information close to the vest. In the private sector, information-security professionals are ever wary of backlash from customers or regulators, while governments keep too much information classified, or otherwise restricted from sharing. This is particularly true in the law enforcement and national security communities.
When sharing does happen, it often occurs...