To facilitate this reporting, DIB companies and corporations must adhere to the cybersecurity standards established by the NIST and connect (either virtually or through direct representation) to the NCCIC, which then shares relevant information with the appropriate agencies (National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, USCYBERCOM, USNORTHCOM, etc.
To qualify for government-provided funds, CIKR owners and operators must institute a prerequisite level of cybersecurity as well as a guarantee of reporting any cyberspace intrusions, attacks, or breaches to the NCCIC.
The NSA must have connectivity into the NCCIC to facilitate the sharing of intelligence and information across the cyber domain.
To remedy this deficiency, USNORTHCOM requires full integration into the NCCIC to guarantee availability of a detailed description of the homeland defense environment across all domains--air, land, maritime, space (with USSTRATCOM), and cyberspace.
The DHS's NCCIC should continue to function in its current capacity; however, USCYBERCOM must have co-ownership or co-oversight of this center.
The high-security new NCCIC facility is located in an Arlington, Virginia, office building and includes a long narrow room dominated by giant wall-mounted video screens displaying maps and threat data.
Consolidating our cyber and communications operations centers within the NCCIC will enhance our ability to effectively mitigate risks and respond to threats," she added.
NCCIC combines two Homeland Security operational organizations: the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC).
NCCIC will also integrate the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC), which coordinates operations among the six largest federal cyber centers.
Napolitano, whose department has received the green light to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts over the next three years, stressed the private sector participation in the NCCIC, noting they will have "offices in the same space.