CWIN alerts agencies to cyberthreats

The Homeland Security Department has fielded a network that lets government and industry groups swap information about cyberattacks and other system threats.

The Cyber Warning and Information Network has about 30 nodes in a topology based on industry-specific groups that participate in various information sharing and analysis centers.

Eventually state and local agencies and first responders could join CWIN, said Paul Kurtz, special assistant to the president and senior director for critical infrastructure protection on the White House's Homeland Security Council.

CWIN supports both voice and data transmission and has already grown beyond its original membership of federal watch centers, he said.

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