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Public Safety Threat Alliance Joins CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

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The Public Safety Threat Alliance (PSTA) has become a member of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), a cybersecurity public-private partnership established by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Motorola Founds PSTA

The PSTA is a cyber threat Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) that provides actionable information to public safety agencies across the globe to improve their cybersecurity capabilities, according to Motorola Solutions, who founded the PSTA in 2022. Meanwhile, the JCDC leads development of the nation’s cyber defense plans by working across the public and private sectors to help defend against cyber threats to U.S. critical infrastructure.

The collaboration promotes national resilience by coordinating actions across federal agencies, state, local, tribal and territorial partners and private sector entities to identify, protect against, detect and respond to malicious cyber activity targeting U.S. critical infrastructure, Motorola said in a prepared statement.

PSTA Grows, Adds 150 Organizations

PSTA has since expanded to nearly 150 members. The alliance remains focused on collecting and sharing input about ransomware attacks, indicators of compromise and other malicious activity directly or indirectly impacting public safety and mission-critical systems. The growing list of member organizations includes the Arkansas Department of Public Safety, Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System, Peel Regional Police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Motorola said.

Commenting on the addition of the PTSA, Scott Kaine, Motorola Solutions’ corporate vice president of Cybersecurity, said:

“Joining the JCDC furthers the PSTA’s commitment to helping protect the public safety community and other stakeholders, including government agencies and businesses. We invite all public safety agencies to join us in our mission of combatting increasingly complex and disruptive cyber threats for the safety of the constituents we serve.”

Membership in the PSTA is open to all public safety agencies, and there is no cost for public sector organizations to join.

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.