The US cybersecurity agency CISA has announced a new initiative that encourages collaboration between tech companies like, , , Verizon and AT&T and government agencies to take steps to improve cybersecurity. Among other things, the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) aims to “uniquely bring people together in peacetime so that we can plan how we will react in wartime”.
The new CISA director Jen Easterly stated onthat the JCDC “will share knowledge to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities of cyber defense, devise cyber defense plans across the nation to address risks, support joint exercises to improve cyber defense operations, and coordinated defensive cyber operations to be carried out. “
On its website, the JCDC describes its role as a leader in developing the nation’s cyber defense plans “to prevent and reduce the impact of cyber attacks.” The legal basis is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed on January 1, which gives CISA “new powers” to bring together both public and private institutions and to coordinate responses to cyberattacks. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the United States Cyber Command, the NSA, the FBI, and theof the Director of National Intelligence will be involved in the initiative.