The National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NDISAC) is now an official member of the National Council of ISACs (NCI) after a unanimous member vote at the NCI meeting on December 12, 2017. With the NDISAC, the NCI is now comprised of 21 ISACs and 24 members.
The NDISAC is the national defense sector’s non-profit organization formed to enhance the security and resiliency of the defense industry and its strategic partners. NDISAC provides defense sector stakeholders a community and forum for sharing cyber and physical security threat information, best practices and mitigation strategies and is developed to serve as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector’s critical infrastructure protection operational coordination mechanism.
Formerly known as the DIB-Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (DIB-ISAO), NDISAC is the umbrella organization for the Defense Security Information Exchange® (DSIE), the defense sector’s cyber security threat sharing mechanism and premier center of cyber excellence for almost a decade. According to Carlos Kizzee, the current Executive Director of DSIE, “DSIE is a component of the NDISAC and remains the selective, highly-active, high-quality, and high-trust cyber threat intelligence sharing and collaboration for national defense that it has been for almost a decade. Development of the NDISAC provides an expanded all-hazards portfolio for the sector that includes physical/industrial security, insider threat, and other security activities of value to our current members as well as others in the DIB, those that supply to the DIB, and other commercial entities that the DIB depends upon.”
NDISAC services include all-hazards threat sharing; industry-wide alerts, warning and notifications capabilities; the ability to pull together and sustain working groups across diverse subject matter areas relevant to the DIB; and the ability to develop and provide information and services supporting DIB interests.
“While DSIE has always participated to some extent in the National Council of ISACS, the NCI is delighted to officially welcome the National Defense ISAC into the NCI family. We look forward to continuing to engage with the sector in our important coordination, collaboration and sharing activities,” said NCI Chair Denise Anderson.
The role of the NCI in national security is one of coordination and communication across critical infrastructure sectors. The NCI serves as a forum for sharing physical and cyber threat and response information across sectors and as a gateway for federal agencies and other partners to reach the ISAC community. The NCI also has an operational role following incidents of national significance.