Cybersecurity alliance has no leader or funds

Cybersecurity alliance has no leader or funds

The National Cyber Security Alliance, a government and industry project to promote the public's awareness of computer security practices, launched earlier this month without funding, a leader or a board of directors.

The main work of the alliance so far is a site at staysafeonline.info that posts tips and a self-test for consumers about how to secure their computers.

The site advocates firewalls, disconnecting computers from the Internet when they are not in use, sophisticated passwords and similar measures.

The campaign is backed by dozens of agencies and companies, including AOL Time Warner Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose, Calif., the Defense Department, the FBI, the General Services Administration, Mitre Corp. of Bedford, Mass., and Microsoft Corp., according to announcements on the site.

According to a spokeswoman for Neill Edwards at the Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, the cybersecurity alliance has no oversight body and no single point of contact.

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