As part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), the National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC) continuously monitors national and international incidents and events that may impact emergency communications. Incidents include not only acts of terrorism, but also natural events such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. In cases of emergency, NCC Watch leads emergency communications response and recovery efforts under Emergency Support Function #2 of the National Response Framework.
With much of the nation’s cyber infrastructure tied into communications, the NCC Watch is also a vital partner to the national cybersecurity effort. The NCC works with both the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) to monitor and resolve issues impacting cyber and communications during an emergency.
NCC Watch cannot perform its vital mission without the cooperation and expertise of its federal and private sector partners. It was the private sector that first recommended the establishment of a centralized government-industry coordination center following the divestiture of AT&T in the early 1980s. Today, 24 federal government agencies and over 50 private sector communications and information technology companies routinely share critical communications information and advice in a trusted environment to support the NCC’s national security/emergency preparedness communications mission.
In January 2000, the White House designated NCC as the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) for Telecommunications, in accordance with Presidential Decision Directive-63. The NCC-Communications ISAC facilitates the exchange of vulnerability, threat, intrusion, and anomaly information amongst government and industry telecommunications participants.
NCC Industry Representatives
Alcatel-Lucent (Bell Labs)
Computer Sciences Corporation
HP Enterprise Services, LLC
Hughes Network Systems
Level 3 Communications
Lockheed Martin (LMCO)
North American Electric Reliability Corporation
SES World Skies US Government Solutions
Telecommunications Industry Association
TeleCommunications System, Inc
Time Warner Cable, Inc
Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications
NCC Federal Participants
Department of State
Department of Defense
Department of Commerce
Department of Energy
Department of Justice
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Reserve Board
General Services Administration
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