Federal Spotlight: National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center
Critical infrastructure is important to maintaining the health, economy, and safety of the United States. Protecting this infrastructure is one of the main missions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2009, DHS created the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, or NCCIC, to be the central coordination point for federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, law enforcement, intelligence, and defense entities that play a role in operational response to cybersecurity and communications threats and incidents.
One of the unique features of the NCCIC is its watch floor, where representatives from all partner entities have dedicated space to work and coordinate with each other.
The NCCIC includes four branches:
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
US-CERT is the 24×7 operational branch of the NCCIC, collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about cyber incidents and threats to the Nation’s critical infrastructure. US-CERT focuses on network analytics, threat analysis and information sharing, digital analytics, operations, communications, and international operations.
Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)
ICS-CERT focuses on reducing risk to the industrial control systems that operate much of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. ICS-CERT monitors threats and issues timely alerts and advisories to critical infrastructure owners and operators and other partners. It also provides on-site incident response assistance and analytics.
National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC)
NCC helps lead and coordinates the initiation, restoration, and reconstitution of national security and emergency preparedness telecommunications services or facilities under all conditions. As part of this mission, the NCC continuously monitors national and international events, from man-made incidents to natural disasters that may affect emergency communications.
NCCIC Operations and Integration (NO&I)
NO&I is the planning and coordination arm of the NCCIC. Bringing together all NCCIC capabilities, the NO&I focuses on information sharing, analysis, and response.
For more information on the NCCIC and its operations, visit https://www.dhs.gov/about-national-cybersecurity-communications-integration-center