The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, is setting up an early warning system for Internet security alerts. The Global Early Warning Information System (or GEWIS) is intended to act as a kind of central hub that monitors sensitive areas of the Internet and alerts Department of Homeland Security officials to suspicious activity. For example, officials said it could be used to help the department monitor unusual numbers of domain name lookups and requests to authenticate digital certificates as possible precursors to an electronic attack.
Defending against today and tomorrow's numerous and rapidly moving security threats requires new, proactive technologies. Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option. By providing early warning of cyber attacks, and countermeasures to prevent attacks before they occur, early warning systems are destined to play a key role in ensuring that enterprises and the government stay ahead of those threats.
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