Space ISAC and NY Metro InfraGard Members Alliance Announce Collaboration to Advance the Mission of Cybersecurity in Space
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO and NEW YORK, NY—06 October, 2021—The Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC) and the New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance (NYM-IMA) announced today they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enabling the two organizations to collaborate on space cybersecurity endeavors. The collaboration is designed to promote broad-based participation by members of both organizations through enhanced educational initiatives, user-and operator-training, and intelligence-sharing activities in the space domain.
Erin Miller, Space ISAC Executive Director commented, “We are delighted to collaborate with the NY Metro InfraGard® Members Alliance as a partner in our global space community. We can work together to increase security and resilience in the space sector and anticipate this collaboration will assist with long-term space security.”
Jennifer Gold, Vice President and IT Sector Chief of NY Metro InfraGard® said, “New York is a hub of technology innovation, and this joint effort is reflective of that and our unwavering commitment to advancing the security and the protection of our nation’s critical assets. We view this collaboration as an opportunity to foster increased communication and promote education in space-related cybersecurity matters.
“While a critical infrastructure designation has not yet been made for space, we fully recognize the vital importance of Space to both our National Security and to our nation’s commercial interests. All the Critical Infrastructure sectors are reliant upon the services within space, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), modern communication networks, and Satellite technologies. The data collected and transmitted in space informs all sectors. In the best interest of our nation, we must secure the vulnerable technology in space to defend against the most consequential cyber threats.”
Space ISAC is the only space-dedicated ISAC and serves to facilitate collaboration across the global space industry to enhance the ability to prepare for and respond to vulnerabilities, incidents, and threats; to disseminate timely and actionable information among member entities; and to be the primary communications channel for the space sector with respect to this information. This work is made possible through collaboration of a broad membership that spans the entire horizon of the space industry, including organizations large and small involved in the space supply chain, space missions, education and research, space business systems, launch, space systems engineering, payload design, space vehicles, cybersecurity, space communications, intelligence, cloud, and data processing, and more.
InfraGard is a non-profit organization serving as a public-private partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and members of the private sector for the protection of U.S. Critical Infrastructure. The organization is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of a wide range of private sector and government members. InfraGard is an association of individuals that facilitates information sharing and intelligence between businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to preventing hostile acts against the United States.
About Space ISAC
Space ISAC members are leading the global space community to identify and respond to threats and mitigating risks to the space mission and regularly convene to protect the space sector and reduce operational costs by sharing threat intel, analyzing trends, conducting workshops and gaining firsthand knowledge through training. Together, the Space ISAC membership is driving long-term space security today and into the next era by expanding the collective industry knowledge bank. The Space ISAC is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, and is co-located with the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) which acts as the Space ISAC’s executive, operational, and administrative function. To visit the Space ISAC website or find out more about membership, please visit: www.s-isac.org. Space ISAC is a member of The National Council of ISACs (NCI).
About New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance
NY Metro InfraGard is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in New York City, serving as a public-private partnership among U.S. businesses and individuals involved in the protection and resilience of U.S. critical infrastructures and the FBI. Through seamless collaboration, InfraGard connects owners and operators within the critical infrastructure sectors to the FBI to provide education, information sharing, networking, and workshops on emerging technologies and threats. The InfraGard member community includes business executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, security personnel, military, and government officials, information technology professionals, academia, and state and local law enforcement—all dedicated to contributing industry-specific insight and advancing National Security. The New York Metro Members Alliance has over 2100 members across the five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.