New Jersey Takes Consolidated, Fusion Center-Style Approach to Cybersecurity
In post-9/11 America, states have accepted more responsibility in protecting their citizens. And as the firm grip of technology tightens around our daily lives and the most basic operations of government, one state is stepping up to the proverbial plate as a leader in the cybersecurity field.
The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) took root within the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) as a counterpunch to the escalating online threats posed by a widening cast of bad actors. The mission: Find the threats, mitigate the threats, and share the intelligence gathered in the process with everyone else.
According to Chief Information Security Officer Dave Weinstein, the statewide program is modeled after the Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and leverages a multi-pronged strategy to head off potentially damaging attacks.
ICE Participates in Europol-Led Effort to Identify Victims of Child Abuse
Victim identification specialists from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have been working with top experts from around the globe at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague to work unsolved cases in an effort to identify victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation. The coordinated effort of this Europol Victim Identification Task Force (VIDTF) yielded significant results: More than 250 series of child sexual abuse images and video files have been uploaded to the INTERPOL International Child Sexual Exploitation Database and additions made to more than 300 existing series.
Department of Justice Releases the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction
The U.S. Department of Justice has released the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction. The report provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing our nation’s children and, for the first time, dedicates an entire section to the unique challenges confronting child exploitation in Indian Country. It examines existing efforts, assesses new threats, and highlights innovative ways in which the federal government and its partners can address child exploitation.
New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC): Information Sharing Success at the State and Local Level
The smart government model of partnerships among and across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders across the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has been in existence for over a decade for a very good reason: collaboration allows faster information sharing at all levels of government by fostering the quick dissemination of vital information to partners responding to critical incidents, from cyberattacks to terror plots. Read more about the NJCCIC, a shining example of this collaborative approach. Also, visit the NJ Cybersecurity site for a range of cyber resources.