Symantec to provide US DOD with threat info

Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 2:31 PM EST

Adding a twist to the notion of "public private partnerships," a deal between Symantec Corp. and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will provide the U.S. government with intelligence gathered from the Cupertino, California, company's DeepSight threat and vulnerability alert services.

The three-year deal will provide "actionable intelligence" from Symantec about computer vulnerabilities and developing computer attack activity to the DOD's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

That information will then be used to create security recommendations for protecting IT assets within the DOD, Symantec said.

The CERT is run by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency within the DOD.

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