Los Angeles launches cybersecurity system to detect malicious emails

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Los Angeles officials announced Tuesday new cybersecurity tools for Angelenos to fight malicious emails.

The LA Cyber Lab app, available for free on the Apple Store and Google Play, allows Angelenos to submit suspicious emails for analysis to the eponymous non-profit agency tasked with assessing potential online threats. The app then reports the risk severity back to the user, and will flag larger threat campaigns in the area, giving individuals and businesses a bird’s-eye view of active threats.

“Public safety in the 21st century isn’t just about protecting our physical streets and neighborhoods,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We need to protect the digital presence that is part of everyday life for our residents and businesses.”

Wednesday also saw the launch of the LA Cyber Lab’s Threat Intelligence Sharing Platform. The platform, developed in partnership with IBM, collects data on emerging cybersecurity threats from public agencies, other government partners, and private businesses who have volunteered to participate. The platform, which is designed to help smaller businesses track threats, will connect to the app.

“Community defenses, even in the digital world, are the most effective way to gain the upper hand on cybercrime, and the threat-sharing portal and mobile app are important milestones in this work,” Wendi Whitmore, Vice President of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security, said.

The system and app were made possible by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, officials said.

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