iDEFENSE To Deliver iALERT Cyber-Threat Intelligence To The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services

CHANTILLY, VA — (INTERNET WIRE) — 04/24/2002 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected iDEFENSE Inc. to provide cyber-threat intelligence across its entire information technology enterprise. iDEFENSE, a global security intelligence company, generates thousands of Intelligence Reports on a variety of cyber threats. The federal agency responsible for safeguarding the health of all Americans will use iDEFENSE’s iALERT security intelligence services to strengthen the information security architecture of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the eight other HHS divisions.

iALERT’s timely warnings and detailed threat data will give HHS a proactive defense against today’s and tomorrow’s cyber threats including viruses and worms, technical vulnerabilities and hacker attacks, better assuring business continuity and safeguarding proprietary information. Security breaches dramatically increased in recent years as organizations increased dependency on technology for business operations. Recent viruses, such as Code Red and Nimda, illustrate the potentially crippling affect on business continuity and organizational communication. Moreover, some hackers particularly target the U.S. government and its many resources.

The iALERT security intelligence service delivers early warning notification and decision-support analysis on the latest cyber threats. iALERT security intelligence covers such issues as the following:

– Virus, worm and other malicious code warnings

(Goner, Code Red, Nimda, MyLife)

– Profiles of hacker and other groups (Cult of the

Dead Cow, PoizonB0x, China Eagle Union)

– Cyber-attack and defense tools (PROTOS, ClogScript)

– Geopolitical threat activity (Israel-Palestine,

China-US, India-Pakistan)

– Online cyber activism (Electrohippies Collective,


– Vulnerability information (SNMP, SSH1, Securing Oracle,

Web Session IDs)

iALERT includes a large cyber-threat database and actionable threat-countermeasure guidance. The goal is to help clients avoid or mitigate threats to computers, networks, Internet functions and proprietary information BEFORE an IT crisis occurs. iALERT intelligence is delivered through e-mail, a secure web-interface and transmission to wireless devices.

“By providing the right information to the right people at the right time, billions of dollars in damages resulting from cyber threats can be averted.” said Brian Kelly, iDEFENSE CEO. “The Department of Health and Human Services recognized our value in providing this emerging cyber-threat intelligence, and we are certainly pleased to work with them to help protect their critical infrastructure.”


Founded in 1998, iDEFENSE is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, and has a satellite office in Tokyo, Japan. iDEFENSE is a global security intelligence services company that offers information assurance solutions to clients who desire the highest level of confidence in their security posture. iDEFENSE’s suite of security intelligence products include iALERT and Desktop Warning and Awareness. For more information, visit the iDEFENSE Web site at or call Terence Dolce at (703) 344-2606.

About the Department of Health and Human Services

HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the federal government, providing some 60,000 grants per year. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 900 million claims per year. Additionally, HHS works closely with state, county, and local tribal governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state, county or tribal agencies, or through private-sector grantees. The Department’s programs are administered by 11 HHS operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

HHS Budget, FY 2002: $460 billion

HHS employees: 65,100

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