A planned nationwide US cyber-alert early warning system could make security attacks stronger and more sophisticated.
The warning comes from a security expert after the US government announced a project to create the system, which would link Washington with the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If it is successful the project could be extended to the rest of America.
The “Public Regional Information Security Event Management” system (PRISEM) will in theory offer an online early warning about every threat imaginable. This will of course include botnet incursions to the more worrying cyber-attacks from terrorists.
It will do this through specially tailored security and information event management equipment from NitroSecurity that’s being kept at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab.
These alerts will also be generated from events, news, federal agencies and even public companies, which will supply real-time alerts to keep the system up to date. Companies already enlisted for the role include Amazon and Starbucks. There is also a reported $1.5 billion in the pipeline, including half a million dollars in hand from DHS to help fund the project, which will be given to cities across the US if it is found to be successful. In smaller cities the information will also come from smaller businesses.
However, not everyone is convinced this is a good idea. One security expert told TechEye:
“It’s all very well having an early warning system in place and yes it could work for a set number of threats. However everyone knows cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated and targeted.
“Threats from countries such as China won’t be stopped by this and eventually we’ll see cyber attacks being designed to fall under this system’s radar. This could pose a problem, throw a sophisticated piece of technology at hackers and they’ll throw an attack equally as good back. If the toing and froing continues we could see more advanced cyber crime than we can deal with in the future.”