The National Cyber Alert System provides some relief if people decide to subscribe with them.
Computer systems were introduced decades ago and have evolved to become useful devices that make life more convenient and all kinds of productive tasks easier to work with. Since the early days of computing, researchers and specialists in the field of computing were always on the move in addressing the weak points of computing and finding possible solutions to the problem. As vulnerabilities are patched, new ones can still be discovered and spreading the word to all the computer users can be tough.
The National Cyber Alert system is a notification service launched by National Cyber Security Division for the United States. Its main objective is to report any vulnerabilities that are discovered in computers and describe how these vulnerabilities make an impact and to what degree. It also provides early solutions on how to evade these threats before programmers devise their own patches for permanent preventative measures. Although it is primarily for Americans to use, anybody with an Internet connection can subscribe to receive updates. History The alert system launched early 2004 under the request of the Department of Homeland Security. The National Cyber Security Division responded by working with the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to making the system available to any Internet users. US-CERT has been keeping public records of the vulnerabilities ever since the launch of its website and alert system. Technologies Used The system utilizes traditional e-mail subscription and autoresponder technologies to deliver updates to all the e-mails stored in its database. As soon as vulnerabilities are posted on its homepage newsletters are sent out according to the subscriber's settings. Because of the popularity of RSS readers, US-CERT also offers these updates in RSS and ATOM format so updates can be viewed without inbox clutter and possibility of spam filters to take into effect. It also utilizes Google Search Appliance to allow site visitors to search for vulnerabilities and other documents and archives hosted in the site. Site Features and Vulnerability Coverage The US-CERT website can be accessed at http://www.travel.state.gov where the visitors are presented with a portal interface displaying the latest updates in cyber security and US-CERT news in panels. Each of the postings are coupled with RSS, ATOM, and My Yahoo! buttons for people to keep track with the posting itself leading to a page that shows detailed information regarding the topic, security update, or vulnerability. The sidebar offers other information for both technical and non-technical users as well as government users.