Mayor Garcetti to expand the Los Angeles Cyber Lab

Public-private partnership protects critical infrastructure and helps businesses address cyberattacks in real time.


LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that he will expand the capabilities of the Los Angeles Cyber Lab — an unprecedented, nationally-recognized partnership that unites local government and the private sector to fight the growing threat of cyber attacks.

The announcement follows the awarding of a near $3 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

“We learn more every day about the havoc that criminal hackers can wreak on our lives. This expansion ensures that L.A. will continue to lead with the urgency that is required to protect our financial, business, and personal information,” said Mayor Garcetti.

The expansion announced today will grow the lab’s capacity by building a universal, standardized platform for threat intelligence, analysis, and sharing that will be accessible and free-of-charge to participating private sector companies and government entities. Each participant will automatically and seamlessly feed threats to the Cyber Lab, which will subsequently be analyzed, correlated, and distributed to all participating members. Additionally, the expansion will focus on nurturing the next generation of systems and professionals dedicated to public cybersecurity through trainings, conferences, and the creation of the LA Cyber Lab Innovation Incubator — which will make the lab and its data available to students, researchers, and product developers.

“The LA Cyber Lab is a tremendous opportunity to build a unique and growing public-private partnership that serves the Los Angeles community and leverages our strengths in innovation, technology and commitment to service,” said Karl Mattson, senior vice president and chief information security officer at City National Bank in Los Angeles. “City National Bank is so proud to be a part of this effort. ”

Launched in August 2017, the Los Angeles Cyber Lab is a first-of-its-kind public-private-partnership — a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting personal and protected information from malicious cyber threats by facilitating and promoting innovation, education, and information sharing between Los Angeles’ public and private sectors.

A Board of Advisors, led by Mayor Garcetti and consisting of leadership from nearly 30 top Los Angeles businesses, develops policy and practices to help guide the LA Cyber Lab’s mission. Membership is open to all businesses and residents at no cost. Leveraging information generated from the City’s award-winning Integrated Security Operations Center, the lab distributes daily and weekly cybersecurity alerts to over 500 local businesses. And through its unique mutual information exchange program, LA Cyber Lab members can contribute to the active defense of networks across Los Angeles and in surrounding communities.

More information can be found at https://www.lacyberlab.org/.