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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Improves America's Cyber Security
Preparedness - Unveils National Cyber Alert System

Press Release U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Contact: Donald Tighe (202) 282-8010, donald -
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Improves America's Cyber Security

Designed for both Home Computer Users and Security Professionals,
Information Arms Users to Take a Proactive Role in Securing Cyberspace 

Washington, DC - January 28, 2004 -The National Cyber Security Division
(NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today unveiled the
National Cyber Alert System, an operational system delivering to
timely and actionable information to better secure their computer

As part of this program, Homeland Security is making available a series
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
and action required to mitigate threats, as well as PC security "best
practices" and "how to" guidance.

" The President's 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
Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection. "The National Cyber
Security Division's mission is to serve as a focal point for
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
"We are focused on making the threats and recommended actions easier for
computer users to understand, prioritize, and act upon. We recognize the
importance and urgency of our mission and are taking action."

Homeland Security National Cyber Alert System

This new National Cyber Alert System is America's first coordinated
cyber security system for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing
vulnerabilities and threats. Managed by the United States Computer
Readiness Team (USCERT), a partnership between NCSD and the private
the National Cyber Alert System provides the first infrastructure for
relaying graded computer security update and warning information to all

The system evolves previous framework models such as CERT/CC Advisories
other similar efforts in the private sector. It provides actionable
information to empower 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 DHS to provide both
technical and easy to understand information on a timely basis.

What is Offered? How Do Users Subscribe?

The new National Cyber Alert System security suite of products includes:

Cyber Security Tips: Targeted at non-technical home and corporate
users, the bi-weekly Tips provide information on best computer security
practices and "how-to" information.

How to Access: Sign up at

Cyber Security Bulletins: Targeted at technical audiences, Bulletins
biweekly summaries of security issues, new vulnerabilities, potential
impact, patches and work-arounds, as well as actions required to

How to Access: Sign up at

Cyber Security Alerts: Available in two forms - regular for
users and advanced for technical users - Cyber Security Alerts provide
real-time information about security issues, vulnerabilities, and
currently occurring. Alerts encourage all users to take rapid action.

How to Access: Sign up at

All information products are available on a free subscription basis and
delivered via push e-mail. Home users can also access Cyber Security
and Cyber Security Alerts from US-CERT affiliates including StaySafe

About the National Cyber Security Division

The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) is part of Information
and Infrastructure Protection in the Department of Homeland Security.
is charged with coordinating the implementation of the National Strategy
Secure Cyberspace and serves as the single National point of contact for
public and private sector regarding cyber security issues. NCSD is also
charged with identifying, analyzing, and reducing cyber threats and
vulnerabilities; disseminating threat warning information; coordinating
incident response; and providing technical assistance in continuity of
operations and recovery planning. NCSD's US-CERT serves as a focal point
bridging public and private sector institutions - to advance computer
security preparedness and response.

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