New Alliance Offers Early Warning System

April 20, 2001 ( - An initiative to enhance the information security of member companies, called the Internet Security Alliance was launched yesterday.

The services that the group will provide to its members include:

  • up-to-the-minute threat reports,
  • best practice standards, and
  • risk management strategies.

The alliance is a team effort between McCurdy’s Association and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The new venture will harness the expertise of the institute’s CERT Coordination Center, an emergency response team that identifies vulnerabilities in software and networks.

CERT reported that break-ins, viruses and other malicious computer activity is growing exponentially, from 900 incidents in 1999 to 21,000 in 2000 and expects the number to increase fourfold this year.

Sponsor companies will pay $70,000 per annum for unlimited access to the alliance’s resources, while other members would pay between $2,500 and $50,000 to receive CERT warnings of emerging cyber threats and more limited access to the databank.