Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative


 


Major cyber incidents are impacting our nation’s critical infrastructure and the National Critical Functions it supports with increasing regularity. The prevalence, sophistication, and consequences associated with cyberattacks grow each day, endangering our people, economy, and national security. Partners across the federal government; state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments; as well as the private sector, work tirelessly to strengthen our nation’s collective cybersecurity, but no one organization can do it alone. 

Recognizing that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) established the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) in August 2021. Leveraging new authorities provided by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2021, the JCDC brings partners—including those in federal and SLTT governments and the public and private sectors—together to unify defensive actions and drive down risk in advance of cyber incidents occurring. Led by CISA, this collaboration between these partners is designed to strengthen the nation’s cyber defenses through planning, preparation, and information sharing.

As a community, the JCDC will deploy innovation, collaboration, and imagination to protect American businesses, government agencies, and the American people against malicious cyber activity. 

"The JCDC presents an exciting and important opportunity for this agency and our partners…The industry partners that have agreed to work side-by-side with CISA and our interagency teammates share the same commitment to defending our country’s national critical functions from cyber intrusions, and the imagination to spark new solutions." CISA Director Jen Easterly

 

JCDC Mission and Core Functions

The JCDC’s mission is to lead collaborative, public and private sector cyber defense planning, cybersecurity information fusion and analysis, and the purposeful dissemination of cyber defense guidance to reduce cyber risks to our National Critical Functions. 

The JCDC provides the following core functions:

  • Coordinated operational planning and execution;
  • Collaborative public-private sector cybersecurity information fusion and analysis; and
  • Production and dissemination of cyber defense guidance across all stakeholder communities.
     

A New Depth of Public-Private Partnership

The JCDC brings together public- and private-sector partners that possess relevant equities in cyber defense operations to coordinate cybersecurity planning, information sharing, and information product and guidance development. JCDC readily leverages and unifies the respective capabilities, authorities, and expertise of its diverse group of partners for the benefit of the entire nation.

The JCDC’s federal government partners include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The JCDC also consults with SLTT governments, information sharing and analysis organizations and centers (ISAOs/ISACs), owners and operators of critical information systems, cybersecurity researchers and subject matter experts, international partners, and other entities, as appropriate.

In addition to federal and SLTT partners, JCDC regularly collaborates with partners from the private sector. The three categories of JCDC private sector partners are:

  • JCDC Alliance Partners
  • JCDC Specialist Partners
  • JCDC Community of Interest Partners

Each level of partnership provides unique benefits and opportunities to collaborate.

JCDC Capabilities and National Benefits

CISA established the JCDC to integrate the unique cyber capabilities of federal agencies, SLTT governments, and the private sector to achieve shared objectives. Specifically, the JCDC will deliver the following capabilities: 

  • Joint cyber planning—including deliberate and crisis action plans—through collaboration across the public and private sectors to prepare for and address the nation’s most pressing cyber risks.
  • Integrated and institutionalized testing and assessments to continuously measure and improve the effectiveness of cyber defense planning and capabilities. 
  • Common situational awareness, information fusion, and analysis that equips public and private partners to take risk-informed coordinated action.
  • Integrated cyber defense operations to synchronize and unify action to reduce cyber risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure.
  • Unified and adaptive plans for cyber defense operations to address risks and coordinated actions. 
  • Flexible collaboration and coordinated development of timely, actionable cybersecurity guidance that draws on a deep pool of expertise and broad perspectives.
  • Multi-channel, multi-source delivery of information products and guidance to enable quick and comprehensive communication of cyber risk reduction actions to cyber defenders.
  • Integrated cyber capabilities to handle crises. 
  • Training and learning to ensure continuous improvement and effectiveness.

Additional Resources

We invite you to click on the below resources for additional JCDC-related information.

Contact Information

For further questions about the JCDC, please contact CISA.JCDC@cisa.dhs.gov.  

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