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City of Colorado Springs / News

City and Western Cyber Exchange announce cybersecurity initative
Thursday, September 27, 2012


The City of Colorado Springs and Western Cyber Exchange (WCX) are pleased to announce a new cybersecurity information sharing initiative to enable greater situational awareness across the community regarding the nature of attacks from cyberspace that are occurring to local businesses and government.  The WCX Forum Initiative will establish a recurring format for businesses to exchange important attack information that will enable the community to be better prepared against cyber attacks.  Jesse James, City of Colorado Springs Chief Information Officer (interim), representing the City of Colorado Springs and its support for this initiative, will host the initial sessions.

According to Doug DePeppe, a Founder of the WCX, "Threats from cyberspace continue to escalate.  The special risks to this community might be described as a 'Digital Cold War threat', to put it in a modern day context.  Yet, the threat is not cold, it's very prevalent.  And, it's not just the military.  The business community, both large and small, faces a similar threat that the national security facilities here face." 

"There are many reasons why this Forum Initiative from the WCX makes sense”, Jesse James said.  “Improving situational awareness of cyber attacks benefits us all.  Our networks can be hardened if we have greater understanding of attacks that may be happening across town or in certain sectors.  The Waldo Canyon Wildfire adds another reminder of the reasons to be better prepared against threats to critical infrastructure, which cyberspace can also threaten these days."

More information about the Forum Initiative, including a sign-up page, may be found at the WCX website, www.wcyberx.org.  The dates of the initial sessions are planned for mid-October. Jesse James will be on-hand to kick things off.  Questions may be directed at Jared Owensby (719) 785-0300 or mailto:jlowensby@rmtech.org.

About the WCX:  The WCX is a consortium of concerned businesses, IT security professionals, and government representatives.  Based in Colorado Springs, with partners across other regions, the WCX has been promoting a new, grassroots approach to collective cybersecurity since 2010, under the auspices of The Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance, a nonprofit.  In essence, it is the modern day Fire Brigade for cybersecurity preparedness, functioning on a public-private partnership model. Cybersecurity preparedness is not an inherently governmental function. It requires the integration of the public and private sectors, engaged in dynamic information sharing and coordination of defenses in response to constantly changing threat conditions. In addition to improving community situational awareness and raising the cybersecurity hygiene level on an aggregated, community basis, the WCX will create a cybersecurity marketplace, bringing together supply and demand. 

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