National Cyber Alert System Stumbles on Warning
The Feds new cyber alert service aims to be the authoritative source for computer security issues. Too bad its first alert proved such a blunder.When your team fumbles the opening kickoff its tough to be psyched about the game. Thats what our security teamthe new National Cyber Alert Systemdid last week. You may recall that, with MyDoom.A at its peak, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new security alert system. The system includes four security notification services, including Technical Alerts, which appears to provide more technical information than the others. These services were partly created as part of a partnership between DHS and the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at the Carnegie Mellon University and are now part of the US-CERTs Technical Cyber Security Alerts. I recall wondering during the press conference announcing the National Cyber Alert System exactly what would be new and valuable about the Dept. of Homeland Security taking charge of this duty? After all here are a large number of private alert services from security software companies, analyst firms and various non-governmental organizations.
My philosophy is to subscribe to a lot of these services; since if one is quicker on a particular attack than the others, Im covered. After the press conference I subscribed to all the groups new lists. After all, one would think that with DHS backing as well as new funding and lab facilities, we could expect authoritative results.