Los Angeles is launching Cyber Lab

Los Angeles shares threat data with businesses

Los Angeles officials have launched a public/private partnership to share threat intelligence with local businesses.

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

The information shared from the city's Integrated 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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