MS-ISAC hits 10,000 members, eyes continued growth with local governments

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Written by Benjamin Freed Nov 20, 2020 | STATESCOOPSince its creation in 2004, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center has gone from a small coalition of IT officials from the Northeast to a sprawling network where state, local, tribal and territorial governments communicate the latest cyber threats, share best cyber hygiene practices, get risk and vulnerability assessments and sign up for network monitoring services.
And earlier this month, the MS-ISAC, which is backed by the Department of Homeland Security as its designated go-to for state and local cybersecurity needs, enrolled its 10,000th member government organization. The milestone also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Center for Internet Security, the Upstate New York nonprofit group that runs both the MS-ISAC and its newer sibling organization, the Election Infrastructure ISAC, which was created in 2018 to support the federal government’s designation of voting systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
As the MS-ISAC has grown over the years, it’s helped — true to its name — foster a culture of intelligence sharing among state and local governments that are maturing as cybersecurity organization, Mike Alperti, the ISAC’s senior director, told StateScoop in a June interview.
“In the beginning, people were unwilling to …

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