IBM Security has built a mobile security operations center inside the trailer of a semi truck and is taking it on the road to build the public’s cybersecurity awareness.
The mobile cybersecurity unit, known as the X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center, or C-TOC, is equipped to provide on-demand cybersecurity support, build cybersecurity awareness among professionals, students, and average consumers, and run incidence response drills with IBM clients.
The C-TOC is based on the tactical operations centers used by first responders in emergencies and boasts a data center, conference room, and even a “watch floor” where up to 24 people can observe as the center does its thing. IBM says that the mobile center will mostly be used for training and public awareness purposes, but is able to support IBM clients during times when there may be a surge in cybersecurity needs, reported the Washington Business Journal.
“Experiencing a major cyberattack is one of the worst crisis a company can face, and the leadership, skills and coordination required is not something you want to test out for the first time when you’re facing a real attack,” said Caleb Barlow, vice president of threat intelligence with IBM Security.
“Having a mobile facility that allows us to bring realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience will be a game changer in our mission to improve incident response efforts for organizations around the world.”
The mobile center’s first stop will be at the National Mall on Thursday, October 18th to provide congressional staff and other public officials with Cybersecurity training.