State and Local Governments Eye Collective Cybersecurity Measures
In March, concerned economic sanctions the United States had placed on Russia following its Ukraine invasion might prompt a retaliatory cyberattack, President Joe Biden urged the private sector to shore up its security posture — and reportedly also advised state governors and local officials to safeguard critical infrastructure oversight and establish incident response plans.
In the subsequent months, a number of state and local governments announced plans to create and expand collaborative cybersecurity efforts — which can provide a valuable framework to help all involved parties proactively prepare to address future cyberthreats and attacks.
In February, New York state launched the Joint Security Operations Center (JSOC). It’s a new cybersecurity hub located in Brooklyn staffed by NYC Cyber Command, the department that coordinates cyber defense across New York City’s agencies and offices; federal and state law enforcement entities; and local and county government representatives.