IT industry to assess e-threats to US national security


IT industry to assess e-threats to US national security

Antony Savvas

Security companies are joining together with the US government to develop a central database that will rate internet threats to national infrastructure.

Plans for a common vulnerability scoring system were unveiled at last week’s RSA security conference in San Francisco, and the scheme has the support of Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, Qualys and eBay.

The new system forms part of a project run by the US National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which is looking to develop a global early warning system for disclosing information about internet threats.

Of particular concern to the NIAC, part of the US Department of Homeland Security, are threats to transportation, banking, energy and manufacturing. A key part of the new organisation’s task will be in sorting out the major risks from the growing number of lower-level threats.

The partners have not yet confirmed how and where the database will be hosted.

Microsoft launched its own internet security warning system for governments last month at a European Commission event.

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