Ernst & Young launches security site

Ernst & Young's Global Security Solutions Centre in Kansas City, Missouri, yesterday launched a security portal and subscription service called

Ernst &Young is pitching the portal as a one-stop shop for a wide variety of free and paid security services. These range from free alerts, downloadable tools and job postings to customised, subscription-based vulnerability studies and recovery services.

Ernst &Young has been quietly beta-testing the service with major customers for more than two months.

"The services we are delivering are focused on business continuity and on (proactively) protecting business revenue streams" from viruses and other security threats, said Anthony W. Spinelli,'s vice president of online services.

A similar security service is offered by the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Survivable Systems (CMISS), an extension of the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre.

The free portion of will contain a range of security-related information and open-source tools culled from more than 70 mailing lists, 300 hacker sites and partners such as Network Associates and, an online training site.

Also offered for free will be security job listings from, another partner in the venture.

Company-specific risk assessment services will be offered as a paid service. An annual subscription costs $5,000 per user.

As part of the service, will look for vulnerabilities or threats to a specific IT environment, rank them by the level of urgency and send patches and tools to fix the security holes. In addition, a 15-person research team will monitor more than 300 sources daily and quickly alert paid clients - with suggested fixes - when a new security threat becomes apparent, Spinelli said.

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