Govt Plans Security Nerve Center
Cyber Warning Incident Network Analysis Center would provide early warning and analysis of security events, says Howard Schmidt, vice chairman of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.WASHINGTON--The governments second highest-ranking information security official said the nations critical network infrastructure is clearly vulnerable to a concerted attack, but legislation or other forms of government intervention are not the answer to the problem. Howard Schmidt, the vice chairman of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, said Monday that he believes a combination of public-private partnerships and market pressure on software vendors is the right approach to boosting the security of the countrys networks. "The governments role is bringing people to the table and encouraging them talk and adopt best practices," Schmidt said during a Webcast panel discussion on protecting the nations critical infrastructure. "Were trying to reduce the additional regulation on industry."
To that end, the board is developing a plan for a new government center that would provide early warning and analysis of security events such as the Code Red worm or widespread network-intrusion attempts. Tentatively dubbed the Cyber Warning and Information Network, the center would serve as a nerve center for government information security officials during large-scale security events.