N.Y.–based cybersecurity-resilience program gets federal funding
Tthe federal budget includes the$ 38 million East for the Multi-SInformation sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a government-funded cybersecurity resilience program.
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) in East Greenbush in Rensselaer County operates the MS-ISAC.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D – NY) office announced on March 10 that the federal spending plan included funding. The $ 38 million represents an increase of $ 11 million over the previous year, Gillibrand’s office said.
One week earlier, the CIS issued a statement stating that both Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) had called for “additional funding” in view of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. and possible retaliatory attacks on the United States and other Western nations. ” according to the CIS announcement on March 3.
Lawmakers in a March 2 announcement had acknowledged the importance of the work of the Multistate Information Analysis and Exchange Center. The additional funding would further enable the nonprofit cybersecurity organization to protect the country’s state, local, tribal and territorial governments (SLTTs), K-12 public schools, universities and hospitals from cyberattacks, CIS said. .
“We are with Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand. they are an integral part of the nationwide approach to protecting both our critical infrastructure and essential civilian services across the country, “said John Gilligan, president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security.
Gillibrand’s office said the MS-ISAC program is a “successful example” of a partnership-based approach to building resilience and coordinating cybersecurity between federal, state, and local entities.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated MS-ISAC as the focal point for the prevention, protection, response, and recovery of cyber threats to the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal governments. as well as cyber fusion centers.
The MS-ISAC is used by 56 states and territories and more than 12,500 local governments to receive up-to-date information and analysis of cyber threats. In addition, the Center for Internet Security, which hosts the MS-ISAC, also hosts the Center for the Analysis and Exchange of Information on Electoral Infrastructure (EI-ISAC), which provides election system professionals with a complete set of hardware, software and cyber defense. experience to defend against the threat of foreign interference, Gillibrand’s office said.