CERT Offers New Outlook on Information Security

Last week, I told you about several Internet sites that offer security policy information. Many of you found the information helpful, so this week, I want to tell you about another security-related resource I found recently.

Most of you have heard of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is part of the Survivable Systems Initiative at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. According to its Web site, CERT is an organization that "coordinates the efforts of teams responding to large-scale \[security-related\] incidents, provides training to incident response professionals, and researches the causes of security vulnerabilities, prevention of vulnerabilities, system security improvement, and survivability of large-scale networks."

CERT, with the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), publishes a monthly newsletter called "Infosec Outlook." The newsletter offers information related to security trends and related issues of the day. The current issue contains articles about how the FBI investigates computer crime, advice from CERT about intrusion-detection system life cycles, an editorial about the FBI's Carnivore data-sniffing tool, an article that looks at Internet privacy from a legal perspective, and information about the global InfoSec Summit to be held October 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C.

Previous issues have informed readers about ITAA security-related Web casts, highlighted ITAA-sanctioned survey results to reveal interesting trends, and offered tips for safer Internet surfing.

I found "Infosec Outlook" to be a great supplement to the other security-related publications I read, and I'm sure you will too.

Click here to subscribe to the newsletter. Back issues are available here in HTML and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Until next time, have a great week.

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