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Global Advisory Committee Cyber Update

  • 1.  Global Advisory Committee Cyber Update

    Posted 04-01-2016 16:14

    Dear Global Advisory Committee and Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council Members, Justice Information and Intelligence Sharing Leaders, and Cyber Partners:

    Check out this week’s Cyber Updates, quick-reads relaying the latest articles, tools, and best practices to help tackle a national justice priority: “cyber-related threats.”  The criticality of “cyber”—guarding against cyberthreats and addressing cybercrimes—firmly places this issue (one that impacts us all) as a national top priority.  Indeed, several reports estimate that cyberattacks pose more risk to the United States than traditional forms of terrorism and have become the most dangerous and immediate threat facing the nation.  


    • Wonder How It All “Fits” in Our Cyber Strategy?  Cyberattacks, resilience of critical infrastructure, and related cybersecurity concerns are escalating at exponential rates and so are the many governmental programs attempting to mitigate the risks for all citizens as well as government and industry.  In 2016, these challenges will increase in complexity with the continued evolution of greater mobility and the introduction of the Internet of things.  Tackling these growing threats (and various responses), the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), through its convening authority and long-standing role of improving cross-domain collaboration, is well-positioned to play a critical national role.  Learn how contributions of the PM-ISE and key efforts and capabilities—such as the National Network of Fusion Centers, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), and the Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC, Cyber Center)—“fit” into the imperative of "Coordinating Cybersecurity Programs."  (Source:  The ISE Blog.)
    • For Our Colleagues in the Courts:  It is an ominous forecast:  “There are two kinds of organizations:  Those who have been hacked and those who will be.”  So, while taking steps to prevent a cyberattack is clearly worth focused attention, the reality is that regardless of preventive measures, most organizations will deal with some form of cybersecurity incident. In fact, a cybersecurity incident may already be ongoing, undiscovered for months or years.  Because courts will likely have cybersecurity incidents, leaders should have an established plan for responding.   Thanks to efforts of the courts’ Joint Technology Committee (JTC), this community has a new resource bulletin for court managers outlining the actions necessary when quickly and effectively Responding to a Cyberattack(Source: JTC.)
    • FREE Online Cyber Education Videos!  In addition to a robust and growing LECC Training section, the Cyber Center houses online educational videos by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  Have a few minutes?  Learn about "The Current Climate in Cyber Security." In this video, Commander Erik Scairpon, Redmond Police Department (Washington), assesses the nature and scope of cyberthreats facing law enforcement and summarizes research undertaken by the IACP.  (Source: LECC Resource Center section.)

    The LECC is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in collaboration with a broad group of partner organizations and serves as a central starting point for colleagues in the justice and public safety communities to identify trending cyber issues, report cyber problems, and highlight training opportunities.  This living resource is updated frequently, so check back often!  Have content to share? We can’t wait to hear from you!

    If you have any ideas for a weekly feature, are involved in promising cyber pilots or implementations, or would like to sign up colleagues to receive this weekly transmission, I look forward to your call or e-mail (850-766-9806; dlindquist@...).

    Finally, we depend on you to spread the good news in your agencies and communities about these valuable resources.  Please share this message with your colleagues and constituents, and let us know if we can assist in your outreach efforts!

    Tammy Woodhams
    Senior Staff Associate
    National Criminal Justice Association