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Bob Cohen, 703-284-5301, [email protected]
Tinabeth Burton, 703-625-6187, [email protected]


National Cyber Security Partnership Makes Recommendations on Early Warning

Arlington, Va., March 18, 2004 – Leading cyber security authorities recommended today that the nation build a "network of early warning networks" to generate and share the type of information needed to ward off cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.

The National Cyber Security Partnership Task Force on Early Warning called for creation of an Early Warning Alert Network (EWAN) in order to cut across industry boundaries and disciplines and assure that appropriate stakeholders have the advanced information they need in order to prevent attacks, mitigate impacts and remediate systems. In addition, the task force called on the federal government to develop a National Crisis Coordination Center (NCCC) by 2006. The center would coordinate analysis, warning, response, training and R&D among critical infrastructure-sector experts as well as representatives from federal, state and local government. The focus of the NCCC is on addressing priority remediation of systemic vulnerabilities in national level infrastructures, not just cyber security.

Early Warning Task Force Chairman Guy Copeland, vice president at CSC, said, "Information sharing is a critical component of cyber security. But as we analyzed the good work now being performed by government agencies and private sector organizations, we did not see a mechanism that would foster exchange across industry boundaries and professional disciplines. We believe that EWAN will become the resource for trusted community-to-community communication. We look forward to working with the Department of Homeland Security and information sharing organizations to make EWAN and the NCCC a success."

Other co-chairs of the Early Warning Task Force include Suzanne Gorman, managing director, Corporate Information Security at SIAC, and Rich Pethia, director of the CERT Centers at Carnegie Mellon University.
The National Cyber Security Partnership represents a major private sector effort to harden America’s critical information infrastructure through collaborative action. The effort began with the February 2003 publication of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, and accelerated at the National Cyber Security Summit in December.

The Information Technology Association of America served as secretariat for the partnership’s Early Warning Task Force. A copy of task force recommendations as well as other information, including participating organizations, is available on the National Cyber Security Partnership website at www.cyberpartnership.org The Early Warning Task Force was one of two partnership task forces to release recommendations today. The Awareness Task Force also released its recommendations, which are also available at the partnership website. Partnership task forces on corporate governance, technical standards and software development will release recommendations later this month.
The National Cyber Summit Partnership is led by the Business Software Alliance, the Information Technology Association of America, TechNet and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.