CERT/CC to sell security alerts

The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), a government-funded Internet security group, said last week that it would begin offering private-sector companies the advance notice security alerts that it had previously only shared with the government.

CERT/CC, formerly the Computer Emergency Response Team, is a federally funded research and development center based at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University that studies Internet security threats. CERT/CC had previously supplied its early warning information to only the US Department of Defense and the General Services Administration. But under the new plan it will offer those alerts -- usually 45 days before they are released to the general public -- to companies that are members of the Internet Security Alliance, of which CERT/CC is a member, a CERT/CC spokesman said.

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