DHS Opens New 24-Hour Cybersecurity Facility

Howard Schmidt

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a new 24-hour watch and warning center that will focus on cybersecurity.

DHS officials yesterday joined White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and representatives of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to launch the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Operations Center, which is located in New York.

The new operations center will enhance situational awareness at the state and local level for the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center—the DHS-led integrated cyber-incident response hub—and allow the federal government to provide critical cyber risk, vulnerability, and mitigation data to state and local governments.

Last week, DHS signed an agreement with the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center to embed a full-time analyst and liaison to DHS at the NCCIC. The IT-ISAC consists of IT stakeholders from the private sector and facilitates cooperation among members to identify sector-specific vulnerabilities and risk-mitigation strategies. Under an agreement with DHS, the MS-ISAC will also have a permanent representative at the NCCIC. IT-ISAC and MS-ISAC both had representatives at the NCCIC during Cyber Storm III.

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