[ISN] U.S., Aussie security centers sign pact

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Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 02:57:48 PDT

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    By: Robert Lemos
    8/21/01 9:50 AM
    Source: News.com  
    Two groups that disseminate and analyze information about
    computer-security incidents in the United States and Australia
    announced Tuesday they will work together to develop better tools and
    techniques for protecting corporate and national networks.
    The network-security information clearinghouses, known as Computer
    Emergency Response Teams, or CERTs, have worked together in the past
    on an informal basis, said Jeffrey Carpenter, manager of the U.S. CERT
    Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
    "It is not the first time we have ever had an agreement with a
    response team in another country," he said. "However, in the past,
    those agreements have been for a specific task."
    CERT and AusCERT plan to release joint advisories and work together on
    creating new tools and techniques to combat threats to the Internet.
    The announcement follows the panic caused by the emergence of the
    fast-spreading Internet worm known as Code Red more than a month ago,
    which apparently first infected a server at a university in China. In
    fact, almost 40 percent of the incidents that CERT handles each year
    become international problems.
    The international nature of computer security threats means response
    centers must also work across national borders, said Carpenter.
    "Incident activity is not limited to the U.S. border," he said. "It is
    important for us to have formal agreements with organizations in other
    Sponsored by the Department of Defense and the General Services
    Administration as well as several member companies, the CERT
    Coordination Center has become a key information exchange for
    companies and organization worried about their network security.
    CERT's main duties include collecting information about
    vulnerabilities, analyzing that information and prioritizing the
    findings. The group also analyzes incident data collected by several
    government agencies.
    While this is the first formal agreement between such groups, there
    will be more, said Carpenter.
    "We are looking to sign agreements with response teams with other
    countries," he said.
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