Mission & Objectives
The mission of the MS-ISAC is to improve the overall cyber security posture of state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Collaboration and information sharing among members, private sector partners and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are the keys to success.
Objectives of the MS-ISAC
- provide two-way sharing of information and early warnings on cyber security threats
- provide a process for gathering and disseminating information on cyber security incidents
- promote awareness of the interdependencies between cyber and physical critical infrastructure as well as between and among the different sectors
- coordinate training and awareness
- ensure that all necessary parties are vested partners in this effort
A New Model For Information Sharing
The MS-ISAC has grown significantly since its establishment in 2003, evolving from a small contingent of Northeast states into its current national role, designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the ISAC for state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments.
The MS-ISAC reached a critical point in its development which required its organizational structure to change; it needed to be institutionalized into an organization with a single, dedicated focus--outside of any one governmental entity--in order to meet the ever-increasing challenges facing SLTT governments and to better reflect its expanded scope and responsibilities.
In late 2010, with the support of the White House, US Congress, and the US Department of Homeland Security, the MS-ISAC transitioned into a not-for-profit status under the auspices of the Center for Internet Security. The MS-ISAC launched its new cyber security operations in November 2010. The transition of the MS-ISAC provides the sustainability and flexibility to meet the needs of the MS-ISAC and its SLTT members, and support the DHS National Cyber Security Division in its national cyber security mission.