An innovative and prosperous city needs protection from the latest threats. With support from MFLA’s SPARK grants, this partnership builds the foundation for the nation’s first-ever city-based cybersecurity lab.

Key Impact

Developed the nation’s first ever city cyberlab

Building on the City’s success with its Integrated Security Operations Center (ISOC), the LA’s CyberLab creates a legally autonomous organization to help Los Angeles corporations and small businesses share cybersecurity information with each other, the City, the federal government, and law enforcement.

Utilizing ISOC and enhancing its effectiveness, the new LA CyberLab will be a national model for cross-sector cybersecurity collaboration. An inaugural board of 26 advisory members helped launch the program and included representatives from Google, Creative Artists Agency, Microsoft and PwC among others.

In partnership with Cisco, the LA Cyber Lab will have the capacity to gather information and intelligence based on analysis of over one billion security-related events and over four million attempted intrusions into City networks per day. MFLA’s SPARK grant program helped provide capital equipment for the lab’s launch.

In 2018, DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) awarded the LA Cyber Lab a $3 million grant to provide training on cyber hygiene best practices and increase cybersecurity awareness across the greater LA business community and local government organizations.

Issue Area

Government Innovation


26 Los Angeles-based companies
Mayor’s Office
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Secret Service
MFLA Spark Funds

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