Trenton, NJ – Ensuring that the 21st century threats against New Jersey’s cyber and digital security are met with 21st century solutions and a coordinated, prepared response across government and with the private sector, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 178 creating the State’s first-ever New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) within the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
“Cybersecurity is not just a national issue – it’s a local one that demands shared responsibility, collaboration, and constant vigilance across industries and sectors, especially in a digitally-dense state like New Jersey,” said Governor Christie. “Our interconnectivity is one of our state’s strengths, but it’s also increasingly a threat for those who would seek to disrupt or harm people in our state. Through the NJCCIC, we’re working to protect our citizens’ privacy and ensure the public and private sector are prepared to manage their cyber risks.”
The NJCCIC will act as the central State civilian interface for coordinating cybersecurity information sharing, performing cybersecurity threat analysis, and promoting shared and real-time situational awareness between and among the public and private sectors.
As one of the first of its kind in the country, NJCCIC will reinforce New Jersey’s pro-business environment, empower small businesses to manage cyber-risk, bolster infrastructure resiliency and protect privacy.
Among its responsibilities, this one-stop cybersecurity organization will:
• coordinate information sharing related to cybersecurity risks, warnings, and incidents, and may provide support regarding cybersecurity incident response as well as cyber-crime investigations;
• provide information and recommend best practices concerning cybersecurity and resilience measures to public and private entities, including information security and data protection measures;
• serve as an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization and may liaise with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which is located within the United States Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, and other public and private sector entities on issues relating to cybersecurity.
“The Governor’s actions today recognize the importance of cybersecurity to the State’s homeland security mission and the importance of responding to rapidly evolving threats in both the physical and virtual realms,” saidChristopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “The NJCCIC will allow us to bridge the information and intelligence divide between New Jersey’s public and private sectors."
Located at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) in West Trenton, the NJCCIC brings together analysts and engineers from the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the State Police, and the Office of Information Technology to promote statewide awareness of local cyber threats and widespread adoption of cybersecurity best practices.
More information about NJCCIC can be found at www.cyber.nj.gov.
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