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National security: APTA to coordinate public-transportation ISAC

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently tabbed American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to develop an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).

As designated sector coordinator, APTA will serve as a primary contact to organize the public-transportation community to work cooperatively on physical and cyber security issues. The public-transportation ISAC will collect, analyze and distribute critical security and threat information from government and other sources, and tap best security practices and plans to eliminate threats, attacks, vulnerabilities and countermeasures. The ISAC will respond to warnings 24/7.

"Our industry has long established programs and procedures to strengthen the security of our services," said APTA President William Millar in a prepared statement. "By partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation, we can more effectively pursue strategies so that the integrity of those systems is not compromised."

APTA plans to retain a private-sector contractor to establish and operate the ISAC; 20 public transportation systems initially will participate in the pilot project. Once the ISAC is fully established, all participating transit systems will be able to access analyzed security information.

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