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NIST, DHS add national vulnerability database to mix

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security took the wraps off the National Vulnerability Database this week, but questions still remain whether the federal initiative improves upon existing databases or just adds another choice to the current collections of flaws. The National Vulnerability Database (NVD) is the latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative to boost the preparedness of the nation’s Internet and computer infrastructure, as called for by the Bush Administration’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. The strategy’s incident response initiative, known as the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), releases some information on serious vulnerabilities, but little or no information on noncritical vulnerabilities, said Peter Mell, a senior computer scientist at NIST and the creator of the NVD. Full Story

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