Are You safe online?
Individual users and businesses need to follow cybersecurity tips, keep their computers equipped with updated security software and technologies and, if appropriate, have their systems checked over by a qualified computer technician. Authorities urge every computer owner to be informed about the trends in cybercrime, as well as about available cyber security technologies to abort any threat of attacks.
National Vulnerability Database
New vulnerabilities are recorded by the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the National Vulnerability Database (NVD). The NVD is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) / United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The NVD also contains historical vulnerability information.
Vulnerabilities are based on the CVE vulnerability naming standard and are organized according to severity, determined by the Common Vulnerability Scoring System(CVSS) standard. The division of high, medium, and low severities correspond to the following scores:
- High - Vulnerabilities will be labeled High severity if they have a CVSS base score of 7.0 - 10.0
- Medium - Vulnerabilities will be labeled Medium severity if they have a CVSS base score of 4.0 - 6.9
- Low - Vulnerabilities will be labeled Low severity if they have a CVSS base score of 0.0 - 3.9
Entries may include additional information provided by organizations and efforts sponsored by US-CERT. This information may include identifying information, values, definitions, and related links. Patch information is provided when available.
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collaborated with DHS, the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce and private and public sector partners to create a cyber planner. This easy-to-use, free on-line tool helps businesses to create a custom, cyber security plan that includes various categories, such as network security, website security, payment cards and incident response and reporting. The
Small Biz Cyber Planner is available at FCC' s
US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
The mission for the US Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Readiness Team (
US CERT) is to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks to the nation while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans. US CERT's vision is to be a trusted global leader in cybersecurity - collaborative, agile, and responsive in a complex environment. US CERT is responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats and vulnerabilities, disseminating cyber threat warning information, and coordinating incident response activities. It is 24-hour operational arm of the DHS National Cyber Security Division (NCSD). If you need to report an incident to US CERT, click the following below:
DHS Personal Identity Verification Interoperable (PIV-I) brochure