The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center - a DHS funded effort through the Center for Internet Security - works alongside states that need help on cyber preparedness at no cost, according to Andrew Dolan, the center's member services manager for partner engagement.
By working with multiple levels of government, MS-ISAC gathers and provides actionable intelligence based on lessons learned from cyber incidents in multiple sectors and levels of government.
advises counties and states that reach out to MS-ISAC to start with a single step: making sure systems are current.
As of July 14, support for Microsoft's
Windows Server 2003 ended - a pressing concern for governments, Dolan
"We need to make sure that we're using equipment that's as up to date as possible," Dolan
"If anyone is still using [Server 2003], you need to make plans to get off of it in the next month."
By updating systems, Dolan
said counties can address one of the biggest problems in cybersecurity: people.
"It's a people problem," Dolan
"Whether it's hackers coming at us or the training of our employees."
According to Dolan
, by leaving systems outdated and vulnerable, states are leaving themselves open to attacks from hackers that "are not geniuses."
"These are people who are trying to victimize us," Dolan
"This is affecting all aspects of our life.