ARIZONA NEWS

Cybersecurity command center launches in Phoenix, will coordinate statewide operations

Oct 5, 2021, 4:25 AM
(Twitter photo/@dougducey)...
(Twitter photo/@dougducey)
(Twitter photo/@dougducey)

PHOENIX — Arizona’s new cybersecurity command center launched in Phoenix on Monday to protect the state in an ever-increasing digital world.

“Our society is becoming increasingly interconnected through technology, and cybersecurity has become one of the most important issues facing Arizona,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a press release, relating cybersecurity to homeland security.

“This new command center will be critical in protecting Arizonans and ensuring our cyber infrastructure remains safe and secure.”

Arizona Department of Homeland Security Director Tim Roemer recommended combining state cybersecurity efforts with the department to better protect people from increasing risks online, according to the release.

The department in September alone detected approximately 68 million threats, according to the release, and protected state websites from more than 800,000 attacks.

The command center is located in the Department of Public Safety’s Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, which was established in 2004 and provides 24/7 intelligence, investigative and technical support to state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies to support the state’s homeland security efforts, according to the release.

Statewide cybersecurity operations will be coordinated at the command center, according to the release, and state agencies are expected to be able to increase information sharing between one another.

The command center will also be an ideal location to enhance public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, according to the release.

It will also house various programs including the Arizona Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which was renamed from the Arizona Cyber Information Program, according to the release.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Getty Images Photo/Roberto Machado Noa)...
KTAR.com

Police investigate death of 45-year-old woman shot in Phoenix

Police are investigating the death of a woman who died from a gunshot wound in Phoenix Friday night.
17 hours ago
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, Medical personnel adjust their personal protecti...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 2,482 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,482 new COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths from the disease.
17 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Woman dies after being struck by vehicle in Phoenix

An adult woman was killed after getting struck by a vehicle near the intersection of East McDowell Road and North 26th Street in Phoenix on Friday night.
17 hours ago
(Facebook photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix adopts roadmap to cut emissions, reach net-zero goal by 2050

The city of Phoenix Tuesday approved a climate action plan with the goal of reaching net-zero by 2050 while also reducing 50% of emissions by 2030. 
17 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Special Olympics Arizona)...
KTAR.com

Special Olympics Arizona to kick off fall games next weekend

More than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes across the state will head to the Valley next weekend to compete in the 2021 Fall Games presented by Casino Arizona.
17 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Holiday Light Experience - Salt River Fields)...
KTAR.com

Tickets for Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields go on sale

People can begin buying their tickets now to the Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale which is set to get underway in November.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
...
Albertsons

Grill like a pro this fall with tips from Albertsons

As the weather cools and football season kicks off, it’s a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy your favorite outdoor meals.
Cybersecurity command center launches in Phoenix, will coordinate statewide operations