Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an ISAC?
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What are the benefits of membership?
How can I join?

What is an ISAC?

  • 24/7 Threat warning and incident reporting
  • ISACs ARE "PRIVATE ENTITIES" that ensure protection of member, proprietary, and sensitive information
  • ISACs are open to all
  • Tailored alerts based on member physical and cyber profiles
  • Information sharing among members; members decide the dissemination
  • Information reported from sources that include Academia, Local, Federal, State and International Law Enforcement Agencies, Vendors and Government sources; information is consolidated and vetted
  • The ST/PT ISAC facilitates sanitization of classified information for distribution to members


Why join the ST  and PT ISAC?

The ISACs are a concept that was introduced and promulgated pursuant to Presidential Decision Directive-63 (PDD-63), signed May 22, 1998.  PDD-63 recognized the potential for the infrastructures of the United States to be attacked either through physical or cyber means with the intent to affect the military or economic power of the country. For each major infrastructure within the U.S. economy, the federal government assigned an Agency or Department to work with the Private Sector to "consult with owners and operators of the critical infrastructures to strongly encourage the creation of a private sector information sharing and analysis center. The actual design and functions of the center and its relation to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) will be determined by the private sector, in consultation with and with assistance from the federal government." 

PDD-63 was supplemented and partially superseded by Homeland Security Presidential Directive /HSPD-7 (Dec. 17, 2003) which revised the list of lead agencies for critical infrastructure sectors and provided that those agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), would "continue to support sector-coordinating mechanisms . . . to facilitate the sharing of information about physical and cyber threats, vulnerabilities, incidents, potential protective measures, and best practices."

SOURCES: Presidential Decision Directive 63

                       Homeland Security Presidential Directive - 7

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What are the benefits of Membership?

The ISAC is a one-stop clearinghouse for information on cyber and physical threats, vulnerabilities and solutions. Your company will better understand the threats and vulnerabilities to your business so that you can take appropriate action. Members can submit information anonymously and receive near time updates and take advantage of 24/7 Incident Response Consulting from leading industry experts.

Access to unique sources of information:
U.S. and Foreign Governments (World-wide collection of information)
National and International Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
Law Enforcement Entities
Hardware and Software Vendors
Independent Research and Analysis from Industry Experts
Geo-spatial analysis of Threats to Member Assets

Expanded member services immediately available at discounted prices:
Network Vulnerability Assessments
Onsite Incident Response Support
Intrusion Investigations/Computer Forensics
Remote Monitoring of Intrusion Detection Systems and Firewalls
Risk Management/Mitigation

How can I join? Click here for Membership

To join the ISAC call 1-866-STISAC1 toll free, or visit our Membership Information page for additional contacts.