The California Cybersecurity Integration Center alerted its partners to the Thomas Fire along Interstate 5, before the largest wildfire in the state’s modern history was phoned in last December.
Someone had taken to Twitter to first report the blaze, and Cal-CSIC’s media scrapers—which plug into its automated threat feed—noticed.
Cal-CSIC, pronounced “cal-sick,” was created by Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order in August 2015 to prioritize cyber threats to public sector agencies and expand into the private sector.
Maxim Kovalsky, senior manager of cyber risk services for Deloitte, told Route Fifty there were concerns about convincing companies to partner in the effort. “Naturally I think there’s a reluctance to share information from members of these kinds of collectives,” he said.
Deloitte, a New York City-based consulting firm, has worked with Cal-CSIC since its inception to share threat information at pace with cyber criminals’ activities. A tech stack, or framework, was developed