Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. This is the way that DHS CISA defines it. No matter how we define it, cybersecurity is vitally important.

LAAFCA recognizes the importance of cybersecurity and endeavors to provide information and resources to heighten the cybersecurity of our region’s agencies and its partners. We also aim to keep you abreast of threats and steps to take should you detect suspicious activity or fall victim to an attack. Feel free to bookmark and visit our cybersecurity page frequently.

Cybersecurity Stakeholder Agencies

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – A cabinet level department of the U.S. federal government with responsibilities in anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management. It was created in November 2002 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

DHS Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – CISA is responsible for protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats. This mission requires effective coordination and collaboration among a broad spectrum of government and private sector organizations. – Cybersecurity – A resource of the Department of Homeland Security, provides useful information to help agencies and individuals protect themselves before, during, and after a cyberattack.

National Security Agency (NSA) – NSA Leverages its elite technical capability to develop advisories and mitigations on evolving cybersecurity threats. To browse or search the NSA’s repository of advisories, info sheets, tech reports, and operational risk notices, click here.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists.

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – The mission of IC3 is to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the FBI concerning suspected Internet-facilitated criminal activity and to develop effective alliances with law enforcement and industry partners. File a Complaint.

U.S. Secret Service – The U.S. Secret Service maintains Electronic Crimes Task Forces, which focus on identifying and locating international cyber criminals connected to cyber intrusions, bank fraud, data breaches, and other computer-related crimes.

California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) – The California Cybersecurity Integration Center’s primary mission is to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber incidents that could damage California’s economy, its critical infrastructure, or public and private sector computer networks in our state.

Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) – The JRIC, established in 2006, is a cooperative effort between United States federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety agencies to centralize the intake, analysis, synthesis, and appropriate dissemination of terrorism-related threat intelligence for the greater Los Angeles region.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Cyber Crime Division – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has the largest local prosecutorial unit dedicated to computer-related crime in the nation and has been an international leader in the prosecution and investigation of high-technology crime.

Los Angeles Cyber Lab – The mission of the LA Cyber Lab is to provide the greater Los Angeles business community and local government organizations with greater cybersecurity awareness and access to trained and capable workforce.

Cybersecurity Documents

DOJ – Cybersecurity Unit Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (September 2018) – Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents

DOJ – How to Protect Your Networks from Ransomware – A U.S. Government inter-agency technical guidance document aimed to inform Chief Information Officers and Chief Information Security Officers at critical infrastructure entities, including small, medium, and large organizations.


Report Phishing Sites – US-CERT partners with the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to collect phishing email messages and website locations to help people avoid becoming victims of phishing scams. You can report phishing to APWG by sending email to [email protected].

Report Suspected Malware – US-CERT AMAC Malware Analysis Submissions

Report Suspicious Internet Activity or File a Complaint to the FBI

Report Suspicious Activity to the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC)