The widespread availability of computers and connections to the Internet provides everyone with 24/7 access to information, credit and financial services, e-commerce, and education.

Unfortunately, malicious and negligent acts can compromise the safety and security of computing. Criminals or “hackers” can try to gain unauthorized access to your computer and then use that access to steal your identity, commit fraud, harassment, or sexual abuse, or even launch cyber attacks against other computers or networks. Computer users who fail to use current anti-virus software or safeguard their access credentials can unwittingly open the door to a cyber incident. Cyber incidents can be limited to a single computer or local network, or can involve the entire Internet. These threats can lead to minor inconveniences, or can cause major disruptions of critical networks.

These Web sites give you some information about preventing, preparing for, and responding to cyber incidents:

Note: The following links are provided as a resource only. The content provided was not prepared by the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security (PRBCHS), and is not necessarily endorsed by PRBCHS.

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT is a center of Internet security expertise, located at the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. We study Internet security vulnerabilities, research long-term changes in networked systems, and develop information and training to help you improve security.

Control System Cyber Security Self-Assessment (CS2SAT)

The Control System Cyber Security Self-Assessment Tool (CS2SAT) provides users with a systematic and repeatable approach for assessing the cyber security posture of their industrial control system networks. Download CS2SAT Tool

Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)

The CCIPS is the US Department of Justice’s office for computer crimes and intellectual property violations.

Federal Computer Incident Response Center (FedCIRC)

FedCIRC is part of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). FedCIRC worls with technical, non-technical, and government computer users to protect and respond to cyber attacks nationwide.

GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by a wide range of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be only “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.

Internet Security Alliance

The Internet Security Alliance is a non-profit collaboration between the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) and Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and works closely with the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), a leading, recognized center of Internet security expertise.

National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP)

The NCSP is led by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), TechNet and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in voluntary partnership with academicians, CEOs, federal government agencies and industry experts to develop shared strategies and programs to better secure and enhance America’s critical information infrastructure. The NCSP has developed a Common Sense Guide to Cyber Security (PDF) that offers guidance especially for small businesses.

Stay Safe Online

Stay Safe offers cyber security information in an easy-to-understand, non-technical format for educators, families with children, businesses, and the media.

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