Since its inception in 2016, the Department of Homeland Security's threat-sharing platform has been plagued by a lack of participation from public and private organizations alike. DHS is now vowing to make improvements, as the security community calls for better quality of data and more tangible payback for opting in.

The Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) service, maintained by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), was designed as a firehose of free threat data, intended to be a fast, unfiltered tap of every threat its participants see. But an inspector general report released this week confirmed underwhelming engagement.

"The limited number of participants that share cyber threat information in AIS is the primary impediment to achieving better quality and more actionable information sharing," wrote the IG. In 2018, only three percent of the customers receiving threats from the AIS service uploaded threat indicators.

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