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Government preps Net security system

A centralized early warning system for Internet security alerts should be working by this fall, an official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday afternoon. Marcus Sachs, the department’s cyber program director, said the system will provide an Internet counterpart to the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) that President Bush announced in his State of the Union address in January. The TTIC, a mammoth data-collection project intended to fuse information collected domestically by police and internationally by spy agencies, has a broad mandate but has focused on physical threats to national security. “We don’t have today a way to do early warning detection broadly,” Sachs said in an interview after a speech at the Black Hat Briefings security conference here. Defense contractor SRI International is expected to deliver a preliminary version of a working system–called the Global Early Warning Information System (GEWIS)–by October 2003 and a final version by March 2004, Sachs said. Full Story

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