Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is a voluntary and collaborative effort based on a strong partnership with the National Cyber Security Division within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The MS-ISAC has been designated by DHS as the key resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation's state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) governments. Through its state-of-the-art 24/7 Security Operations Center, the MS-ISAC serves as a central resource for situational awareness and incident response for SLTT governments.
Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
The MS-ISAC was established as a way to share information. The organization had its first meeting in January of 2003. At the current time, all 50 states, hundreds of local governments and several territories are members.
The MS-ISAC provides for:
- timely, reliable and actionable information,
- a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integrations Center,
- 24/7 Security Operations Center,
- additional channels of information sharing and communications across state lines,
- incident response services,
- access to subject matter experts,
- access to bulk purchasing, and
- special discounts on security benchmarks.
National Webcast Initiative
The National Webcast Initiative is a collaborative effort betweent he U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) as a means to provide timely and relevant cyber security education and information to a broad audience. Embracing the concept that security is everyone's responsibility, these webcasts are available to the public and are free of charge. A nunber of vendors have offered their services at no cost to help develop and deliver the webcasts.
The MS-ISAC distributes the newsletters in a template form so they can be re-branded and distributed broadly through out state and local governments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join the MS-ISAC?
Membership is open to all state, local, territorial, and tribal government entities involved in cyber security and/or critical infrastructure protection.
Who are the members?
The MS-ISAC currently includes representatives from all 50 states, all 50 state capitals, dozens of local governments and several U.S. territories.
What does it cost to join the MS-ISAC?
There is no cost to join the MS-ISAC. It is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to serve as the central cyber security resource for the nation's state, local, territorial and tribal governments. The MS-ISAC is a division of the national not-for-profit Center for Internet Security.
Can the MS-ISAC help me with a cyber incident?
Yes. The MS-ISAC's Computer Emergency Response Team (MS-ISAC CERT) comprises highly trained staff who are able to assist you with a cyber security incident. MS-ISAC CERT can provide malware analysis, reverse engineering, log analysis, and forensics analysis.
Can other members of my organization join?
Yes. Each organization designates a "Primary Member" who is then responsible for authorizing additional individuals in their organization to become members.
Are there any requirements to joining?
The only requirement is the completion of a membership agreement, which sets forth the responsibilities of members to protect information that is shared.
Are there any educational or training resources available?
Yes. In addition to advisories and information bulletins regarding the latest cyber threats and vulnerabilities, the MS-ISAC provides a variety of educational, awareness, and training resources and opportunities.
Does the MS-ISAC work with federal agencies, private sector groups, and the other ISACs?
Yes. The MS-ISAC works closely with federal partners at DHS, along with FBI, Secret Service and others to better share information on emerging threats. The MS-ISAC also has strong relationships with major ISPs, cyber security firms, researchers, and software developers.