One Year Ago Today

By: Dave Weinstein | Director of Cybersecurity, NJOHSP

One year ago today, Governor Christie signed Executive Order 178 establishing our State’s Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO), the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC). Our goal has always been to elevate the barriers to entry for those seeking to nefariously exploit New Jersey’s cyberspace. We do this by promoting statewide awareness of cyber threats and the adoption of best practices.

Some highlights of our first 365 days:

  • The NJCCIC's membership grew to 1,571 organizations, with an even 50/50 split between public/private sector!
  • Our membership includes 2,702 individuals, 41 Federal agencies, and 23 other states.
  • The NJCCIC published 31 intelligence analysis products, 24 blog posts, and 205 cyber alerts.
  • The NJCCIC delivered 73 briefings to public and private sector partners.
  • The NJCCIC blocked over 1 trillion suspicious attempts to access State systems!

With an excellent foundation in place, the NJCCIC is poised to build on the progress of the last year and continue to improve our citizens’, business’, and governments’ access to relevant and actionable cyber threat information. Over the next year, we will leverage the favorable provisions of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to engage in bi-directional information sharing and Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) with New Jersey’s private sector and governments. According to recent guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, non-Federal entities that voluntarily engage in either the sharing or receiving of cyber threat information with the NJCCIC, in accordance with the law’s privacy requirements, are granted incentives such as suit dismissal protections and exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

One year ago I remarked that the “NJCCIC derives its strength from the scope and diversity of its membership.” On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank those trusted organizations that have already partnered with the NJCCIC on our shared mission and I look forward to expanding these relationships moving forward!