New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell

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New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell
Founded May 20, 2015
Headquarters NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center, West Trenton, New Jersey[1]
Area served
New Jersey
Products Cyber Threat Intelligence
Website www.cyber.nj.gov

The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), also known as the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness' (NJOHSP)[2] Division of Cybersecurity, is the first American state-level information sharing and analysis organization in the United States that exchanges cyber threat intelligence and conducts incident response for governments, businesses, and citizens in New Jersey. Located at NJ’s Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC), and acting in a cyber fusion center capacity the NJCCIC is composed of staff from NJOHSP, the NJ Office of Information Technology, and the NJ State Police. The NJCCIC's nomenclature is derived from its federal counterpart, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which encompasses the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

History[edit]

On May 20, 2015, former Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive order to establish the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, proclaiming that "protecting the citizens and public and private institutions within the State of New Jersey from the threat of cybersecurity attacks is priority of [his] Administration."[3] Governor Christie's directive followed a Presidential Executive Order from February 2015 signed at Stanford University "encourag[ing] the development and formation of Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs)...organized on the basis of sector, sub-sector, region, or any other affinity..."[4] The formation of the NJCCIC also coincided with the aftermath of crippling and costly cyber-attacks against Rutgers University, New Jersey's largest public academic institution.[5] The NJCCIC played a role in protecting Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to New York City and Philadelphia.[6]

Leadership[edit]

Jared Maples was named Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) by Governor Philip Murphy on April 17, 2018. In his role, he serves as the federally designated Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) to the Governor and is the Cabinet-level executive responsible for coordinating and leading New Jersey’s Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, and Emergency Preparedness efforts.

Michael Geraghty is New Jersey's Chief Information Security Officer and the first Director of the NJCCIC. Director Geraghty manages the day-to-day functions of the NJCCIC.

Mission[edit]

DEFENDING NEW JERSEY'S DIGITAL DENSITY

The NJCCIC acts in a clearinghouse capacity providing New Jersey with a resource to coordinate cyber security information sharing and incident reporting, perform cybersecurity threat analysis, and promote shared and real-time situational awareness between and among public and private sectors. Beyond just sharing cyber threat intelligence, the NJCCIC also provides strategies and tactics that businesses, as well as state, county and local governments, academic institutions, and other organizations can implement to mitigate against current and emerging threats. Additionally, the NJCCIC manages a membership based information sharing platform where members receive cyber alerts, advisories, training announcements and bulletins directly via email, maintains an active social media presence and manages the cyber.nj.gov website to provide free cybersecurity resources.

Membership[edit]

Join the NJCCIC's free membership to receive alerts, advisories, bulletins, and training notifications. As a member, your contact information will be added to the NJCCIC distribution list regarding emerging cyber related threat intelligence. You will receive relevant products to enhance your cybersecurity awareness and posture, providing you with technical information, advocacy, and professional networking opportunities. Fill out the form at https://www.cyber.nj.gov/members to get started.

The "Garden State Model" for Cybersecurity[edit]

The NJCCIC received praise from Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society for "innovating" on cybersecurity information sharing at a pace and scale that few states have achieved.[7] Incident response is currently limited to Executive Branch agencies in New Jersey, but according to a November 2015 study, "State of the States on Cybersecurity" by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, there are "plans to create a NJ CERT", or New Jersey Computer Emergency Readiness Team, to be deployed statewide.[8]

Partnerships[edit]

On July 8, 2015, the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell partnered with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) to "share and analyze cyber threat information on behalf of New Jersey's banking institutions".[9]

In January 2016, the NJCCIC and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center announced a partnership to improve cybersecurity information sharing with New Jersey’s healthcare providers.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, S.P. (September 17, 2015). "Fighting hidden threats: Inside N.J.'s new cyber security command center". NJ.com. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Christie, Chris. "EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 178" (PDF).
  3. ^ Christie, Chris. "EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 178" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Executive Order -- Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing,". White House. February 13, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Hayboer, Kelly (August 23, 2015). "Who hacked Rutgers? University spending up to $3M to stop next cyber attack". NJ.com. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Mathau, David (September 22, 2015). "Protecting Pope Francis from cyber threats". WKXW. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Nussbaum, Brian. "State-Level Cyber Security Efforts: The Garden State Model". The Center for Internet and Society. Stanford Law School. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Spidalieri, Francesca. "State of the States on Cybersecurity" (PDF). Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. Salve Regina University. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "NEW JERSEY CYBERSECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATION CELL (NJCCIC) AND FS-ISAC PARTNER TO DELIVER CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AND USE OF SOLTRA EDGE AT THE STATE LEVE" (PDF). July 8, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "NHISAC – NJCCIC and NH-ISAC Partner to Enhance Cybersecurity Information Sharing at the State Level". www.nhisac.org. Retrieved 2016-02-13.

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