Beginning in mid-2015, the principals of the not-for-profit Cyber Resilience Institute (CRI) and the for-profit Cyber Threat Intelligence Network (CTIN) began planning a project that could be used as a proof-of-concept (POC) for an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for amateur and professional sports. By October, 2015, a well-known threat intelligence platform (TIP) vendor, ThreatConnect, had signed on, and an instance of their platform was created for use during the POC. Shortly thereafter one of the leading global providers of passive DNS data, Farsight Technologies, became the fourth key sponsor. With this as a foundation, the CRI team began to reach out to potential stakeholders in the amateur sports community, along with other specialty firms for training, cybersecurity and threat intelligence.
The POC was envisioned as a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) to demonstrate how a not-for-profit organization could align the interests of government’s protective mission and innovation and business objectives from the private sector into a model that would address public and private needs. In particular, the objective was to introduce cyber threat intelligence and information sharing to the sporting world. Moreover, the intent was to offer a marketplace model that brought value to stakeholders while also positioning the marketplace model as a community cybersecurity center. With CRI headquartered in Colorado Springs, also home to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and a large concentration of Olympic sport federations, the idea was born to use sport (specifically the publicity surrounding the Summer Olympics in Rio) as the catalyst for gaining interest and participation in the project. With CTIN’s sector expertise and CRI’s PPP ties across industry and government, the team quickly assembled a strong list of strategic partners.
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