By Elizabeth Montalbano
November 23, 2010
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new
cybersecurity center aimed at communicating more efficiently with state
and local governments about potential cybersecurity threats to critical
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Cyber
Security Operations Center is a 24-hour watch and warning facility aimed
at giving government officials at the state and local levels better
situational awareness about cybersecurity incidents, according to the
The goal of the new facility is to provide state and local governments
with the same critical cyber risk, vulnerability and mitigation data
that the federal government is privy to, according to the DHS.
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.
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