Los Angeles is launching Cyber Lab

LA launches Cyber Lab to share threat data

To help strengthen cybersecurity for local businesses, Los Angeles is launching Cyber Lab, a public-private partnership that will disseminate threat intelligence generated by its Integrated Security Operations Center.

Based on analysis of 1 billion security related events per day and data aggregated from the federal government and key private sector sources, CyberLabLA will alert small and medium-sized businesses to attacks as they occur. Larger businesses can receive automated updates to their own cyber defense systems, the city said in the announcement. There is no cost for businesses to become a partner of the lab.

The information shared from the LS security operations center constitutes the first of a three-phase rollout of CyberLabLA. In the second phase, all the lab members will share non-confidential and non-proprietary data across the public and private sectors. Then the city plans to stand up a “Cyber Lab Innovation Incubator,” which will use a simulated city network as a testing ground for new cyber defense technologies and give local high school and university students experience working in a security environment.

Adam Gertz, director of policy for the Los Angeles mayor’s public safety office, told the Los Angeles Times that CyberLabLA would allow smaller businesses to have better intelligence on the cyber threats they could be facing. “It would take huge effort for one small organization to know about everything,” he said.

The Lab will be led by an advisory board made up of members from 18 companies including Amazon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Cisco, Dell Technologies,  Microsoft and Southern California Edison.

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Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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