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|FireEye Leads Threat Intelligence Sharing for State Agencies with the National Fusion Center Association|
|Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 02:05:37 PM|
Partnership Supports State Governments During Critical Cyber Events; Develops Training for Intelligence Analysts in Every State
Milpitas, Calif. – July 16, 2015 – FireEye, the leader in stopping today’s cyber attacks, today announced its state government focused intelligence sharing initiative with the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA). The initiative is a collaboration between FireEye and the NFCA, including the joint development of Automated Threat Intelligence Exchange Network (ATIX) for the California State Threat Assessment System (STAS).
FireEye sits on the NFCA’s subcommittee for Cyber Threat Intelligence and Sharing, providing industry leading intelligence and expertise to analyze information, identify trends, and share accurate, actionable threat intelligence for various state needs. This includes supporting regional and state intelligence agencies during national and local crises, dissemination of advanced threat intelligence to agencies, and training of cyber analysts.
“In today’s world of advanced threat actors, having the best threat intelligence and knowing how and with whom to share it is the key to addressing a potential data breach quickly,” said NFCA Executive Director W. Ross Ashley, III. “The support FireEye provides at every level of government has proven invaluable in helping us to produce and share critical intelligence in order to keep our states secure.”
“Cyber security programs need to be based on adaptive defense approaches supported by intelligence to best protect Northern California Law Enforcement, First Responders, Government and Private Sector Partners,” said Mike Sena, Director, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. “Whether it is identifying cyber crime, cyber terror, or cyber espionage, intelligence sharing enables us to take a strong stance against today’s threats.”
“When you can rely on a solid combination of intelligence, technology and expertise, you stand a much better chance of identifying a breach before the worst can happen,” said Chad Holmes, FireEye chief security strategist, global government, office of the CTO. “As the cyber liaison officer for many of the state intelligence agencies across the country, I see firsthand how vital it is that disparate agencies share intelligence in critical cyber situations.”
In addition, the NFCA and FireEye have also partnered to create a weeklong training to be held in each region for cyber state intelligence analysts. This training will be focused on cyber intelligence gathering, curating information, and creating cyber intelligence products for dissemination. Unique to California, the ATIX program that FireEye is jointly developing for the California State Threat Assessment System will provide the California State Intelligence agencies with the ability to proactively gather critical digital information from their partners, respond to cyber incidents and distribute actionable intelligence back to their partners in machine- and human-readable formats.