[ISN] Ponying up for real-time security alerts

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Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 13:31:28 PDT

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    By Melanie Austria Farmer
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    April 19, 2001, 9:40 a.m. PT
    A key security organization is planning to offer its warnings on
    Internet security hazards to a wider audience--for a fee.
    CERT Coordination Center, formerly known as the Computer Emergency
    Response Team at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Electronic
    Industries Alliance (EIA), an electronics industry trade organization,
    on Thursday launched the Internet Security Alliance (ISA).
    The new organization will deliver up-to-the-minute warnings on viruses
    and security attacks to companies willing to pay anywhere from $2,500
    to $70,000 annually for its service. Members will receive warnings
    roughly 45 days before the information is available to the public.
    Previously, CERT provided up-to-the-minute alerts of the latest
    Internet security threats primarily to the federal government, which
    funds the organization. With the new alliance in place, CERT, the EIA
    and other members are offering real-time warnings on Net security
    hazards to subscribers.
    "The difference here is the ISA is open to businesses regardless of
    sector," said Dave McCurdy, president of the EIA "Our mission is to
    increase the awareness within corporate leadership of the risk and
    help them provide the tools to manage those risks."
    Founding members of the new alliance pay $70,000 annually for access
    to CERT's database, which provides early warning advisories of
    security attacks, along with research and other data. Annual fees for
    other members will range from $2,500 to $50,000 depending on the
    company's size.
    The founding members of the ISA include some big corporate names,
    including the Nasdaq Stock Market, Exodus Communications, VeriSign and
    TRW. McCurdy said that in the near term the group will focus on
    marketing efforts to enlist other businesses to support it.
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