Downstream Natural Gas ISAC Joins Global Resilience Federation and Adopts its Provided Communications Portal

RESTON, VA, USA – June 5, 2019- The Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (DNG-ISAC), developed by the American Gas Association (AGA), has joined Global Resilience Federation (GRF) and adopted its exclusive communications portal for threat intelligence sharing and analysis, to advance security and collaboration among DNG-ISAC participant companies.

“We’re excited to join the GRF cross-sector network and offer its cybersecurity-enabling technology to natural gas companies,” said DNG-ISAC Executive Director Jim Linn. “DNG-ISAC participants that are sharing defensive cyber intelligence through our ISAC now have an enhanced way to obtain, analyze and manage threats against their companies, which are providing critical energy services in the United States.”

The portal, powered by Cyware Labs and co-designed by Global Resilience Federation, is engineered specifically for ISAC users to quickly and effectively share and consume threat information in a way that advances a mutual defense model. The role-based tool lets security analysts exchange, consume, comment and collaborate on strategic or tactical feeds, reports, indicators, and incidents. Users can access the portal through desktop or mobile app to manage threats, send surveys, upload or download documents or engage in the member chat rooms. ISAC staff can also use the portal to launch crisis communication alerts across member computers or mobile devices in the event of a physical or cyber emergency.

“The members of DNG-ISAC are a committed group of professionals,” said Bill Nelson, Chairman and CEO of Global Resilience Federation. “We’re glad to be working with them and are pleased they selected this portal to facilitate their sharing.

ISACs thrive on the quality and actionability of their intelligence, and member-to-member collaboration is a primary driver of that analytic value. Having an agile way to engage peers facing the same threats means that ISAC members can rapidly share enriched and curated information that addresses the unique security challenges of their sector, for the benefit of their organization. And by joining the multi-industry network of sharing communities that make up GRF, DNG-ISAC now has access to automated, machine-to-machine threat information and warning from more than 7,000 organizations operating around the world.

“The portal that our engineers helped customize for sharing communities is a leap forward in networked-defense; it lets you keep up to date with the latest security news and best practices, and also get into the weeds from an analysis perspective,” added Nelson. “Collaboration is made easy through this portal; it enables cooperation among the natural gas industry and across other critical and vital sectors.”

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Global Resilience Federation (GRF) is a non-profit hub and integrator for support, analysis, and multi-industry intelligence exchange among information sharing and analysis centers (ISACs), organizations (ISAOs), and computer emergency readiness/response teams (CERTs). GRF’s mission is to help assure the resilience of critical and vital infrastructure against threats that could significantly impact the orderly functioning of the global economy and general safety of the public. GRF members include Financial Services ISAC, Retail ISAO, Retail and Hospitality ISAC, Legal Services ISAO, Energy Analytic Security Exchange, Health ISAC, Professional Services Information Exchange, Oil and Natural Gas ISAC, and Downstream Natural Gas ISAC. Learn more at www.GRFederation.org, by visiting @GRFederation on Twitter or Global Resilience Federation on LinkedIn. Questions may be directed to Patrick McGlone at pmcglone@grfederation.org

 The DNG (Downstream Natural Gas) ISAC serves natural gas utility (distribution) and pipeline (transmission) companies by facilitating communications between participants, the federal government, and other critical infrastructures. Specifically, the DNG-ISAC coordinates very closely with the E (Electric) ISAC and shares information back and forth between energy utilities and natural gas pipelines. The DNG-ISAC promptly disseminates threat information and indicators from government and other sources and provides analysis, coordination and summarization of related industry-affecting information. Current participating organizations include the members of the American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Canadian Gas Association, and American Public Gas Association. For more information please contact Jim Linn at jlinn@aga.org or 202-294-7321.

Pat McGlone