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A new state and local JSOC in New York takes on a broad mission. Cyber nonprofits join hands. A famous ransomware target makes a cyber hire. This is CyberScoop for February 23.

New York claims a 'first'

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says a new facility in Brooklyn is a “first-in-the-nation” operations center for state and local cybersecurity needs. The Joint Security Operations Center is designed to give New York’s hundreds of municipalities more assistance in defending themselves against cybercrime and potential intrusions by foreign government-backed hackers, Hochul said Tuesday. The JSOC also will serve the private sector and the state’s critical infrastructure operators, including the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the New York Power Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Hochul said. New York City's Cyber Command and federal agencies also will be integrated. Benjamin Freed has the details at StateScoop.

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Nonprofit cyber groups come together for coalition

More than 20 cybersecurity nonprofits on Wednesday launched Nonprofit Cyber, a coalition designed to work on improving digital defenses and building awareness about their own areas of expertise. Tony Sager, senior vice president and chief evangelist for the Center for Internet Security, and Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance, will serve as co-chairs of the broader group. CISA Director Jen Easterly welcomed the group's arrival on Twitter. "@CISAgov looks forward to working with you to raise the cybersecurity baseline & promote global resilience," she said. Read the full announcement.

Colonial Pipeline has a new CISO

Adam Tice, who was hired as a cyber executive at Equifax after its 2017 data breach, is the new CISO for Colonial Pipeline, which spent much of 2021 recovering from a high-profile ransomware incident. “Bringing Adam onto the team is an important next step in our journey to mature and further enhance our defenses — and in our efforts to deepen our public-private sector cybersecurity partnerships,” CEO Joe Blunt said Tuesday. Tice’s resume also includes time at threat-hunting and incident-response company Mandiant, as well as defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Read more.

Army’s CISO moves into job as DOD adviser

Maj. Gen. Matt Easley, the Army’s CISO and director for cybersecurity, is taking a position as an aide to the secretary of Defense. Easley’s new position, deputy principal information operations adviser, was created under the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and sits beneath the undersecretary for policy, currently Colin Kahl. In commenting on Easley's departure, Army leaders noted that the service scored well on federal security metrics under his watch. Billy Mitchell reports at FedScoop.

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