Ask anyone what a quintessential cybersecurity command center looks like, and they’ll likely launch into a description that includes a dark room with vibrant accent lighting and a collection of screens displaying an array of information; from global news to maps highlighting real-time cyber attacks. It’s a description that’s right out of a blockbuster film. Well, you don’t have to tune into the latest spy thriller to get the real thing, but you may need to be in the Chicago-area to witness it firsthand.

Security firm Trustwave has recently opened the doors to their brand-new SpiderLabs Fusion Center, a 6,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that leverages threat intelligence to track threat actors. It’s the central hub for the company’s network of ten Advanced Security Operations Centers located around the world. But it’s more than just a place for their current customers to tap into, according to Chris Schueler, senior vice president of managed security services at Trustwave. The company is looking to build a stronger community among cybersecurity professionals.

“We know the Chicago land area has a lot of cybersecurity practitioners, a lot of corporations, universities, state and local government, so we wanted to actually a develop a space where we can bring in the practitioners for meetups,” Schueler told InfoSec Insider.

In the full interview below, InfoSec Insider takes a first-hand look at Trustwave’s new SpiderLabs Fusion Center in Chicago and speaks with Schueler on the real purpose behind the creation of the Fusion Center, as well as some of the recent threats they’ve been tracking at the command center.

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