Ralph Tallent, Manager of the state’s Western Data Center (WDC), reports that 100 percent of ITS staff there have taken the cyber security pledge created by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Taking the pledge is a featured activity associated with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, occurring now. By taking the pledge, the WDC staff members demonstrate that they take their responsibilities seriously for securing the state’s information and application assets.
The WDC provides redundancy for the Eastern Data Center, allowing continuous service delivery and disaster recovery across the state.
ITS security staff and those with the Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office (ESRMO), under the State Chief Information Officer, are closely affiliated with MS-ISAC as part of their cyber security monitoring activities.
According to its website, MS-ISAC is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation's state, local, territorial and tribal governments. MS-ISAC manages a 24/7 cyber security operations center and provides real-time network monitoring, early cyber threat warnings and advisories, vulnerability identification and mitigation, and incident response.