DHS Launches Cyber Center

Thursday, December 2, 2010 @ 08:12 AM gHale

To ensure a secure operating environment, there needs to be top flight communication and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to do just that.
DHS launched a cyber security center so it can communicate more efficiently with state and local governments about potential cyber threats to critical U.S. infrastructure.
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Cyber Security Operations Center is a 24-hour watch and warning facility that can give government officials at the state and local levels better situational awareness about cyber security incidents, DHS officials said.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) the cyber incident response hub led by the DHS will coordinate information for the MS-ISAC Operations Center. The MS-ISAC itself is a way for state and local governments to work together to enhance cyber-threat prevention, protection, and response and recovery.
The DHS is primarily responsible for working with state and local governments, as well as the private sector, but has been under fire for not collaborating effectively enough.
In another effort to bolster information sharing, the DHS also signed a deal with the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) to appoint a DHS liaison at NCCIC and, in turn, send a permanent representative from the MS-ISAC to the NCCIC.
The IT-ISAC consists of private-sector IT stakeholders who cooperate to identify cyber vulnerabilities in specific industry and government sectors, as well as come up with potential solutions for them.