SEI Press Release
|Contact:||Kelly Kimberland, SEI Public Relations|
CERT® Coordination Center Honored
Named “Best Security Idea or Practice” by SC Magazine
April 24, 2000
PITTSBURGH—The CERT® Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has been named the “best security idea or practice” of 1999 by SC Magazine, formerly Secure Computing.
SC Magazine is the largest information security magazine in the world and has been in print for more than 10 years. Published monthly, it has a global circulation of over 100,000 and is recognized for its outstanding technical reviews and its comprehensive coverage of the information security marketplace.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) chartered the CERT/CC at the SEI, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the DoD, in 1988 after the release of a “worm program” caused an explosion of copies of itself to be written at computers around the Internet. This program resulted in the shutdown of about 10 percent of computers connected to the Internet nationwide. This computer security incident, the first to make headline news, led to the creation of the CERT/CC, whose charter was to work with the Internet community to respond to computer security problems, raise awareness of computer security issues, and prevent security breaches. Since then, the CERT/CC has made major contributions to ensuring the integrity and survivability of the networks that are increasingly critical to our nation's defense and prosperity.
The CERT/CC handled more than 8500 separate computer security incidents in 1999 and played a key role in informing the public and containing the damage from incidents such as the Melissa virus, the ExploreZip worm, and the use of automated tools for launching distributed denial-of-service attacks on Web sites. SC Magazine acknowledged the CERT/CC’s important role at its fourth annual awards banquet in London on April 11, 2000, attended by 450 people. General Manager Robert Vendrano of Hewlett-Packard, principal sponsor of the awards, presented Thomas A. Longstaff, director of research and development for the CERT/CC, with a Judges Award, which is selected through participation by an academy of worldwide information technology (IT) professionals. Associate sponsors of the awards were Axent Technologies, Inc., Bullsoft, Cisco Systems, F-Secure, KPMG, Marconi Infosec, Network Associates, Panda Software, Symantec Corporation, and Trend Micro.
In his introductory remarks before presenting the award, Mr. Vendrano said, “One of the things that is essential in any security situation is intelligence—and what I mean by that is an intelligence agency. Someone who will give you information on the threats that are out there and the vulnerabilities you face. [The CERT/CC] provides valuable security information free to anyone...it is a beacon to the rest of the information security world.”
For more information about the SC Magazine awards, see http://www.westcoast.com.
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