How To Stay Informed About Computing Security Alerts and Issues

There are many excellent websites that deal with security in a variety of ways. Visit these sites on a regular basis to keep up-to-date on the latest. The following are a few of the more authoritative and popular ones:

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)

This Federally-funded operation is based at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and is a primary source of up-to-date, accurate information and assessment of current and recent computing security alerts. CERT researches, analyses and develops technology and training designed to help administrators security their systems and networks.

SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security)

Like CERT, the SANS site contains information on current and recent security alerts, and many other resources, including a “reading room” where visitors can research white papers on a multitude of security-related topics. SANS is also one of the leading providers of top-quality security training courses.

Internet Storm Center

This is actually a major sub-site of SANS. It displays in graphic and text format the current trends and frequencies for the computing exploits and attacks that are currently most prevalent around the world, with links to information detailing how to detect, prevent and recover from them.

EDUCAUSE Security Task Force

The EDUCAUSE Security Task Force web site intended to be a focal point of information and resources on computer and network security for the higher education community.