New York City recently became the first city in the United States to open a cybersecurity defense center, with a physical presence in lower Manhattan. The NYC Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (CCSI) Project, which had been completely virtual for nearly two years, is a real-time operational center focused on proactive cybersecurity measures. This physical launch comes on the heels of a massive rise in cyberattacks hitting critical infrastructure of cities across the country. From small towns to major metropolitan areas, hackers are taking advantage of outdated legacy systems, ad hoc operation teams, and under-funded, internet-connected operations to turn a profit and cause serious damage.
Formed in alliance with NYC Cyber Command and Global Cyber Alliance, the NYC CCSI Project includes more than 280 professionals from private companies and public organizations including Amazon, the NYPD, IBM, and various New York healthcare systems. Taken together, the Project’s leadership teams, countries represented, and industry experts showcase a diverse set of practitioners in the cybersecurity space — not only in terms of experience and education, but also with regard to historically underrepresented groups based on race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender. This type of diverse hiring is critical for cybersecurity success.
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