Launched in August 2017, the Los Angeles Cyber Lab is the first of its kind public-private-partnership. It is a non-profit organization 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.
LA Cyber Lab 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 over 28 top Los Angeles businesses and government officials, develops policy and practices to help guide the LA Cyber Lab’s mission. Membership is open to all businesses and LA residents at no cost.
LA Cyber Lab Initiative 1: Protection and Alerts
During Initiative 1, the City of Los Angeles began sharing information generated from its award winning Integrated Security Operations Center (ISOC) to all LA Cyber Lab members. The ISOC analyzes upwards of one billion security related events per day and also aggregates data from the federal government and key private sector sources. LA Cyber Lab now allows member organizations to receive cybersecurity data, alerts, indicators of compromise, and threat intelligence generated by the ISOC.
LA Cyber Lab Initiative 2: Mutual Information Exchange
The LA Cyber Lab made history when it became the first public entity in the nation to implement near-real time information exchange with a private sector partner in April 2018. The City of Los Angeles ISOC can publish to and receive from a variety of new sources, enabled by the STIX/TAXII standard format for sharing Indicators of Compromise (IOCs). LA Cyber Lab partners can receive and contribute to the active defense of networks across Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Our organizations receive a near-real time, highly vetted feed of threat intelligence to enhance their internal security protections. None of the data shared includes confidential or proprietary information, so all member interests remain secure.
LA Cyber Lab Initiative 3: Cyber Lab Innovation Incubator
LA Cyber Lab’s “Innovation Incubator” embodies three critical and interrelated objectives. First, the LA Cyber Lab hosts networking events for the business community with the purpose of connecting attendees to federal law enforcement resources and cutting-edge practitioners in cybersecurity.
Second, the lab partners with academia to provide cybersecurity career training for students and best practices for business executives.
Third, slated for completion in 2020, the lab will introduce a unique cyber simulator. The simulator will set aside physical and online space—connected to the city’s ISOC—to allow independent startups or product developers the opportunity to enhance their security tools. The simulator will host an isolated virtual network for companies to perform penetration testing, incident handling, ethical hacking, and forensic investigations to develop and improve their security products.
What are the Benefits?
Membership in the LA Cyber Lab 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 LA Cyber Lab policies that address these questions.