The Los Angeles Cyber Lab (CyberLabLA) is a brand new public-private-partnership, dedicated to protecting personal and protected information from malicious cyber threats by facilitating and promoting innovation, education, and information sharing between Los Angeles’ public and private sectors for the benefit of all our city’s businesses and residents. CyberLabLA is dedicated to sharing the latest cybersecurity threat data, alerts, and intelligence gathered by the city of Los Angeles and its partners. A Board of Advisors, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti and consisting of leadership from top Los Angeles businesses and government officials, will develop policy and practices to that will help guide the LA Cyber Lab’s mission. Membership will be open to all businesses and LA residents at no cost.
CyberLabLA Phase 1: Protection and Alerts
In Phase 1, the city of Los Angeles will share information generated from its award winning Integrated Security Operations Center (ISOC) to all CyberLabLA members. The ISOC analyzes upwards of 1 billion security related events per day and also aggregates data from the federal government and key private sector sources. CyberLabLA will allow member organizations to receive cybersecurity data, alerts, indicators of compromise, and threat intelligence generated by the ISOC.
CyberLabLA Phase 2: Mutual Information Exchange
As part of Phase 2, CyberLabLA will invite all of its members to begin sharing data with the organization, creating a mutual exchange of information across the public and private sectors. None of the data will include confidential or proprietary information, so all member interests will remain secure.
CyberLabLA Phase 3: Cyber Lab Innovation Incubator
Finally, the city of Los Angeles will develop a Cyber Lab Innovation Incubator (Incubator) that will provide security vendors with the opportunity to test appliances and tools via virtual connections to a live but isolated city of Los Angeles network (“Honeypot”). We will partner with local academic institutions to populate the Incubator with student interns who can gain real world experience in a security environment. The Incubator will generate additional intelligence and information that can then be distributed by CyberLabLA. With the support of our private sector partners, we hope to complete this Incubator in 2018.
What are the Benefits?
Membership in CyberLabLA will allow Los Angeles businesses of all sizes to access and digest the latest cybersecurity threat information. It will also provide members with streamlined access to law enforcement and the knowledge of “who to call” in the event of a cyber-attack or similar incident.
Ultimately, the city of Los Angeles wants to hear from you. How can we make cybersecurity a public service? What types of resources and information will benefit your company and others? Your organization will have a significant voice in crafting the CyberLabLA policies that address these questions.