Silicon Valley Tremendous Bowl Will get Secret Cyber-Ops Headquarters

At an undisclosed location within the San Francisco Bay Space, a workforce of private and non-private safety specialists is assembling a pop-up intelligence operations middle for Tremendous Bowl 50.

The objective of the multi-company operation, led by the FBI, is straightforward: thwart the "dangerous guys."

"The Tremendous Bowl is among the few civilian occasions that will get to be thought-about a nationwide safety occasion, so it pulls within the full functionality of the U.S. authorities," stated Wealthy Mason, president and chief safety officer of Important Infrastructure, a boutique safety consulting agency. "They bring about plenty of assets into play."

Others concerned embrace the Division of Homeland Safety and U.S. Customs and Borders Safety and state and native businesses.

The person coordinating these efforts on the bottom is Mike Sena, director of Northern California Regional Intelligence Middle (NCRIC).

"I’m not positive I can sleep throughout this entire factor," he stated. "My largest worry is we’re going to have one thing break or not work. There’s all the time that Murphy’s regulation — what can go mistaken will go mistaken."


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With greater than one million NFL followers flooding the Bay Space for the Feb. 7 NFL championship recreation — towards the backdrop of current international terror assaults — it is easy to know Sena’s sentiment.

Virginia-based mostly Haystax Know-how — a menace intelligence begin-up that counts the state of California, the Division of Protection and DHS amongst its clients — helps NCRIC map and make sense of all the info flowing into the intelligence operations middle.

The corporate focuses on cybersecurity round reside occasions and has helped maintain protected a slew of excessive profile gatherings, together with the Republican Nationwide Conference, the Oscars, the Indy 500 and 6 prior Tremendous Bowls.

This yr, issues are slightly totally different.

"This one particularly has somewhat bit extra of a menace intelligence lens on it," stated Bryan Ware, Haystax Know-how’s chief know-how officer. "What I’m seeing numerous this yr that I can not recall seeing fairly as a lot of is absolutely the planning and the thought and the evaluation round potential menace situations."

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Haystax licenses its California Widespread Working Image for Menace Consciousness (Cal COP) software program to a coalition of California businesses, and the Tremendous Bowl partnership builds on that present relationship, stated Ware. The platform aggregates info — which could possibly be within the type of officer subject report or visitors incident knowledge — then disseminates it to public security officers.

"There’s more and more a lot extra knowledge and so many sorts of sensors that might be delivered to bear, that it is actually overwhelming," Ware stated. "However on the similar time, you need to have the perfect info and it is actually our software program that sits on the core and offering that situational consciousness to the incident commanders and numerous safety and regulation enforcement personnel."


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An enormous dashboard Haystax calls "Watchboard" shows all that knowledge on a map on the intelligence operations middle. A backup operations middle will even run across the clock at Haystax’s McLean, Virginia, headquarters. The corporate’s software program additionally feeds knowledge into the Cal COP app.

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"Being able to make use of purposes — the place you possibly can actually take a fast observe or a snapshot and say that is the state of affairs right here proper now — clears up these radio channels and permits individuals to really feel extra freely about reporting issues that they could in any other case not have reported till issues escalate," stated Sena.

NCRIC can also be operating a public consciousness marketing campaign across the Bay Space, encouraging individuals to report suspicious exercise, by calling in or visiting the web site which has been optimized for cellular.

"Whether it is evaluated to have a possible nexus to terrorism or legal exercise, it provides them the power to push that knowledge into the Haystax system so multiple individual can see it," he stated.