DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano highlighted two important cybersecurity initiatives that enhance coordination and information sharing with state, local, tribal and territorial government and private sector partners — building on a series of recent cybersecurity measures that increase our nation’s ability to protect against cyber threats. DHS officials joined White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and representatives of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) in East Greenbrush, N.Y., to launch the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Operations Center, a 24-hour watch and warning facility. The new operations center will allow the federal government to quickly and efficiently provide critical cyber risk, vulnerability, and mitigation data to state and local governments. Also, DHS signed an agreement with the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) to embed a full-time analyst and liaison to DHS. For more information please see the full DHS announcement.
DHS launched the “Stop. Think. Connect.” public cybersecurity awareness campaign — a national initiative that promotes simple steps the public can take to increase their safety and security online. “Stop. Think. Connect.” is a national public education campaign designed to increase public understanding of cyber threats and how individual citizens can develop safer cyber habits that will help make networks more secure.