Friday, November 13, 2009

California Plans to Launch Information Security Operations Center

Steve Towns writes on Government Technology:

California intends to create a state-of-the-art information security operations center to monitor cyber-threats and protect state and local government networks from attack.

The proposal is part of a sweeping five-year plan [.pdf], released Thursday, Nov. 12 by state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Mark Weatherford, which is designed to safeguard government data and critical technology resources from increasingly sophisticated cyber-criminals.

The plan calls for creating a California Information Security Operations Center (CA-ISOC) that would provide real-time detection of cyber-attacks and security intrusions across all state government agencies. The center also would support local government networks that need assistance.

The CA-ISOC would watch for attacks on the state government's critical information infrastructure, including attempts to disrupt automated control networks for dams, power plants and other physical facilities. The plan also envisions creating a California Computer Incident Response Team that would work in concert with the state's Emergency Management Agency and Fusion Center, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

More here.


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