Standards Bodies and Incident Response Teams

A number of standards bodies today help a network administrator design a sound security policy. The two main entities that are helpful are the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC) and the various newsgroups that enable you to share valuable security information with other network administrators.

The CERT/CC is a U.S. federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following the infamous worm incident (a virus developed to halt IP networks), which brought 10 percent of Internet systems to a halt in November 1988, the CERT/CC has helped to establish incident handling practices that have been adopted by more than 200 ...

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