Cyber Florida Partners with Florida Cyber Threat Organization to Help Identify COVID-19 Online Risks
Tampa, FL. – April 30, 2020: Cyber Florida at the University of South Florida and the nonprofit Florida Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) are pleased to announce that they will join forces for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis to provide timely and practical cybersecurity threat advisories for businesses, state and local governments, and citizens throughout Florida.
According to Mike McConnell, executive director of Cyber Florida and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, “COVID-19 has required everyone in Florida—from schools and households to businesses and local governments—to operate online, and cybercriminals are taking advantage. The abundance of novice internet users has created what we used to call a ‘target-rich environment’ for cybercriminals, and our partnership with the Florida ISAO will help protect our fellow citizens from being victimized.”
Stacy Arruda, executive director of the Florida ISAO and a former supervisory special agent for the FBI specializing in counterintelligence and cybercrime, added, “We are delighted to partner with Cyber Florida to expand our ability to analyze and share cyber threat information at a critical time. So many of us have been forced to ‘live life online,’ and it’s important that we all have the information we need to protect ourselves from cybercrime.”
The Cyber Florida/ISAO team will issue real-time technical advisories to IT professionals and non-technical bulletins for general users, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Advisories can be found at cyberflorida.org/cac.
About Cyber Florida
Cyber Florida, hosted by the University of South Florida, is charged by the State of Florida to promote cybersecurity education, research, and outreach.
About the Florida ISAO
The mission of the Florida ISAO is to advance the cyber resilience for the state’s critical infrastructure, as well as other organizations in the public and private sectors, through actionable intelligence, and defensive information sharing, and coordinated responses.
Image caption: FL-ISAO Executive Director Stacy Arruda speaks at Cyber Florida’s October 2019 conference.