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LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti is strengthening cybersecurity for L.A. businesses and residents with the launch of America’s first city-based Cyber Lab. The lab is a public-private partnership that will disseminate information and intelligence based on analysis of more than one billion security-related events and over four million attempted intrusions into City networks per day.
The Los Angeles Cyber Lab — formed in partnership with Cisco — builds on the Mayor’s second Executive Directive, which created a Cyber Intrusion Command Center to lead cybersecurity preparation and response across City departments. The lab will alert small and medium-sized business partners to attacks as they occur, and larger businesses can receive automated updates to their own cyber defense systems. There is no cost or obligation of membership.
Over time, the platform will evolve into a mutual exchange of threat information with private sector partners, further fortifying L.A.’s capacity to thwart cyber criminals. Businesses and residents can find more information at https://www.lacyberlab.org/.
“The security of our financial, business and personal information depends on aggressive, proactive cyberdefense — and the LA Cyber Lab will help tilt the balance in Angelenos’ favor against evolving threats from criminal hackers,” said Mayor Garcetti. “L.A. is a leader in this area, because we are constantly sharing information and using new technology to strengthen cybersecurity within City government. We’re expanding that capacity to protect Angelenos’ online safety, privacy, and property.”
Los Angeles is one of the first cities in the nation to share its cyber threat data with the public, helping businesses and residents to secure their own networks and devices from hacking attempts that are not caught by traditional antivirus programs and defense systems.
The LA Cyber Lab was launched with capital equipment funded by the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles’ Spark grant program, which provides resources that support innovative approaches to civic issues.
The Mayor also announced the formation of the LA Cyber Lab Advisory Board to be led by Mayor Garcetti and Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc. It will convene regularly to further develop the platform and help residents and businesses better protect their online communications and data from cyberattacks.