New York-based cybersecurity-resilience program secures federal funding

Jhe federal budget includesis $38 million for the Multi-Sinformation sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a federally funded cybersecurity-resilience program.

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) in East Greenbush in Rensselaer County operates the MS-ISAC.

The office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY) announced March 10 that the federal spending plan includes the funding. The $38 million represents an increase of $11 million from the previous year, Gillibrand’s office noted.

A week earlier, CIS released a statement noting that Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–NY) had called for additional funding “in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” and potential retaliatory attacks against the United States and other Western nations”. according to the IEC announcement of March 3.

Lawmakers, in a March 2 announcement, had recognized the importance of the work of the Multistate Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The additional funding would further enable the nonprofit cybersecurity organization to protect state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments, K-12 public schools, universities and hospitals from cyberattacks, said CIS.

“We stand with Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand…to continue to emphasize the importance of supporting the cybersecurity of state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments across our nation. Our members, more than 12,000 SLTTs, are an integral part of the national approach to protecting both our critical infrastructure and our essential public services across the country,” said John Gilligan, Center President and CEO. for Internet Security.

About MS-ISAC

The MS-ISAC program is a “successful example” of a partnership-based approach to building resilience and cybersecurity coordination among federal, state and local entities, Gillibrand’s office asserted.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated MS-ISAC as the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments as well as cyber fusion centers. .

MS-ISAC is used by all 56 states and territories and more than 12,500 other local governments to receive up-to-date information and analysis on cyber threats. In addition, the Center for Internet Security, which houses the MS-ISAC, also houses the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing & Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), which provides election systems professionals with a comprehensive suite of hardware, software and systems cyber defense. expertise to fend off the threat of foreign interference, Gillibrand’s office said.

Ryan H. Bowman