As part of this
program, Homeland Security is making available a series of
information products targeted for home users and technical experts
in businesses and government agencies. These e-mail products will
provide timely information on computer security vulnerabilities,
potential effects and action required to mitigate threats, as well
as PC security "best practices" and "how to" guidance.
'National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace' provides a framework for
the public and private sectors to work together to secure
cyberspace," said Frank Libutti, under secretary of homeland
security for information analysis and infrastructure protection.
"The National Cyber Security Division's mission is to serve as a
focal point for implementing the national strategy and protecting
the American people."
"The development and
initial operating capability of the National Cyber Alert System
elevates awareness and helps improve America's IT security posture,"
said Amit Yoran, director of the National Cyber Security Division.
"We are focused on making the threats and recommended actions easier
for all computer users to understand, prioritize and act upon. We
recognize the importance and urgency of our mission and are taking
Homeland Security National Cyber Alert
This new National
Cyber Alert System is America's first coordinated national cyber
security system for identifying, analyzing and prioritizing emerging
vulnerabilities and threats. Managed by the United States Computer
Emergency Readiness Team, which is a partnership between the
National Cyber Security Division and the private sector, the
National Cyber Alert System provides the first infrastructure for
relaying graded computer security update and warning information to
The system evolves
from previous framework models such as CERT Coordination Center
advisories and other similar efforts in the private sector. It
provides information to help all citizens, from computer security
professionals to home computer users with basic skills, to better
secure their portion of cyberspace. The National Cyber Alert System
provides credible and timely information on cyber security issues
and allows the Department of Homeland Security to provide both
technical and easy-to-understand information on a timely basis.
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