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Our Vision

NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center’s vision is to harness the power of industry partnerships to prevent and eradicate foreign cyber threats to National Security Systems (NSS), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).

Background

The Cybersecurity Collaboration Center is NSA’s groundbreaking hub for engagement with the private sector.  The Center is designed to create an environment for information sharing between NSA and its partners and to combine our respective expertise, techniques, and capabilities to secure the U.S.’s most critical networks. These collaborative relationships leverage the unique strengths of both government and industry, and represent a vital part of a whole-of-nation approach to cybersecurity.

What we do:

Detect – Find the adversary by leveraging intelligence leads, commercial data, and bi-directional threat sharing with industry partners.

Innovate – Create new tradecraft for discovering and tracking adversaries who pose a threat to NSS, DoD, and DIB networks.

Mitigate – Develop, share, and amplify mitigation guidance to NSS, DoD and DIB by sharing cybersecurity advisories, standards, and indicators of compromise.

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At the Center, NSA establishes collaborative relationships with private industry to achieve the collective outcome of detecting and defeating cyber adversaries targeting the NSS, DoD, and DIB networks.

Defense Industrial Base & Technology/Cybersecurity Providers

NSA develops partnership with private industry to understand, expel, and respond to cyber threats together. 

Enduring Security Framework

NSA co-leads, with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a public-private forum to address threats and risks to the security and stability of the NSS and DIB.

Learn more about Cybersecurity Partnerships 

To protect the Department of Defense’s most critical information, NSA provides direct cybersecurity assistance to DIB entities designed to identify, mitigate, and thwart threats to their networks.

To learn more about these cybersecurity services, email DIB Defense.  

 

As the U.S. Government relies increasingly on commercial products to secure systems that carry classified or otherwise sensitive information, NSA works to partner with vendors to ensure security requirements are built into development processes.

Center for Cybersecurity Standards
NSA’s Center for Cybersecurity Standards supports collaboration with industry to ensure U.S. Government cybersecurity requirements are included in the standards for a more secure future. These standards enable interoperable IT solutions and mitigate security challenges across networks.

Learn more about Cybersecurity Standards. (https://www.nsa.gov/What-We-Do/Cybersecurity/Partnership/Standards/

National Information Assurance Program (NIAP)
NIAP oversees the evaluation of commercial information technology (IT) products for use in National Security Systems (NSS)

Visit NIAP to learn more. (https://www.niap-ccevs.org/)
 

At NSA, we don’t just preach partnership - we practice it. Here are a few ways the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center is sharing our insights with the Department of Defense, Defense Industrial Base, National Security Systems, all in an unclassified setting.

NSA Cybersecurity Collaboration Center Speaker Series:

In this speaker series, NSA experts will share insights, lessons, and contributions of their cybersecurity work. You can view episodes on NSA’s YouTube. (link)

ESF Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure:

5G poses opportunities and risks to our critical infrastructure. Review the full threat assessment from Enduring Security Framework

For more critical cybersecurity information and insights from NSA Cybersecurity and the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, follow us on Twitter @nsacyber

 


Get in touch!

Are you interested in learning more about the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center and how we can support one another to deliver better, more holistic cybersecurity outcomes for the nation?

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Information needs to be shared with stakeholders across international, governmental, agency, and classification boundaries. Cross domain technology plays a critical role in this sharing; cross domain solutions are controlled interfaces that provide the ability to manually or automatically access or transfer information between different security domains.

 

NSA's National Cross Domain Strategy & Management Office (NCDSMO) is the focal point for U.S. Government cross domain capabilities and mission needs (pursuant to the authority of Executive Order 12333 and National Security Directive 42).

 

What We Do

  • Oversee cross domain activities across the U.S. Government, ensuring a common approach
  • Advise the Chief Information Officers of federal agencies on issues related to cross domain solutions
  • Develop and operate cross domain community outreach programs and forums
  • Develop guidance and technologies to improve the security and capabilities of cross domain solutions
  • Develop and maintain the security requirements for cross domain solutions used by the U.S. Government and Foreign Military Sales Program
  • Oversee the Cross Domain Solutions Testing Program
  • Operate a Cross Domain Threat Intelligence Activity to research and disseminate threats to cross domain solutions

 

Raise the Bar

Raise the Bar is a strategy for improving cross domain solution security and capabilities from a design, development, assessment, implementation, and use perspective. The scope of the strategy includes cross domain solutions, Raise the Bar is intended to apply to and address improving the cybersecurity of all cross domain solutions used to protect U.S. Government classified information and all cross domain solutions being sold for export.

The Raise the Bar strategy sets a new strategic direction for the cross domain community. Raise the Bar ensures the community improves its ability to address emerging threats and achieves improved security posture while meeting mission requirements and providing life-cycle affordability.

 

Standards, Guidance, & Technologies

The NCDSMO develops standards and guidance documents regarding CDS architecture, design, development, engineering, implementation, system security, local and remote management and monitoring, and filtering. Our library of standards, guidance, and technologies is available on Intelink:

Intelink-U intelshare.intelink.gov/sites/ncdsmo
Intelink-S intelshare.intelink.sgov/sites/ncdsmo
Intelink-TS intelshare.intelink.ic.gov/sites/ncdsmo