Q&A: NGA program director tells states to get back to basics on cybersecurity


February 15,2017

When asked how states can foster better intelligence sharing between themselves and the private sector, Tim Blute, program director for the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security & Public Sector Division, recommended the MS-ISAC.

 I think among the states as entities, the best way for them to do that is through the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). It’s the only ISAC that is devoted to sharing information between state governments. Every state is a member of that. There are different levels of engagement, but that is one of the best venues for states to share intelligence. The MS-ISAC works closely with the Department of Homeland Security and NCCIC (National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center) to kick out intelligence from the federal government to state governments and serves as venue to share among states.