States counter cyberattacks

The group representing state chief information officers has moved closer to establishing an information sharing and analysis center for the states by signing an agreement with the federal group that issues warnings of cyber and physical attacks against critical infrastructures.

The National Association of State CIOs of Lexington, Ky., signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Infrastructure Protection Center that will allow states to begin receiving the alerts.

The center, located at FBI headquarters in Washington, is the federal government's focal point for threat assessment, warning, investigation and response for threats and attacks against the nation's critical infrastructures.

NASCIO views the agreement as a first step toward establishing an interstate information sharing and analysis center that would assist states in analyzing security breaches, repairing affected systems, reporting security alerts, providing a clearinghouse for progressive practices and working with appropriate federal entities.

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