Adherence to Industry Standards
Furthermore, in these efforts, AgFirst recognizes the importance of aligning to the NIST Special Publications on Cybersecurity of prevention, detection, response and recovery, as well as a Presidential Executive Order issued on May 11, 2017. As a result, AgFirst maintains a Fusion Center that contains a team of technology and security experts with backgrounds in the military, Department of Defense, and financial services. The team works together in steadfast collaboration to constantly maintain defenses against cyberthreats. AgFirst is also a premiere member of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). The FS-ISAC was established by the financial services sector in 1999 in response to Presidential Directive 63. That directive – later updated in 2003 by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 – mandated that the public and private sectors share information about physical security and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities to help protect the country’s critical infrastructure. This led to a coordination of activities between the commercial sector and the public sector to advance cyberdefense capabilities. To that end, FS-ISAC membership is recommended by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States Secret Service, and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council. In fact, both the U.S. Treasury and U.S. DHS rely on the FS-ISAC to disseminate critical information to the financial services sector in times of crisis. The FS-ISAC is actively working with government entities in other countries, as well as regional Community Emergency Response Teams and industry associations, to meet the local and regional requirements of members worldwide.