Homeland Security Launches Cyber Alert System

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced an e-mail alert system that will warn computer users in real-time -- both technology professionals and home users -- of security vulnerabilities, potential impact, and how to mitigate any impending threats. The announcement comes just two days after the discovery of MyDoom­, a fast moving, particularly nasty Internet worm.

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"The development and initial operating capability of the National Cyber Alert System elevates awareness and helps improve America's I.T. security posture," Amit Yoran, director of the National Cyber Security Division, says in a statement. "We are focused on making the threats and recommended actions easier for all computer users to understand, prioritize, and act upon." This free system -- the first nationally coordinated cyber-security system -- is managed by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a joint venture between the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security and private sector companies. Created in September 2003, US-CERT serves as a coordination point between the public and private sectors.

News source: NewsFactor

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