Internet security breaches could increase threefold by 2000, according to the US Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which celebrates its tenth birthday this month.
The CERT Coordination Center, based at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, investigates computer security incidents, coordinates responses by security experts and proactively promotes public awareness of security issues.
The number of incidents is growing as rapidly as the number of hosts on the Internet, according to CERT. There are 29 million Internet hosts today and CERT expects the number to increase over three times to 100 million by 2000. When CERT started, there were just 80,000 hosts.
CERT was founded in 1988 in response to the 'Morris Worm', a destructive self-replicating program that brought down much of the Internet and demonstrated its growing susceptibility to attack.
Ten years later, CERT has responded to more over 14,000 security incidents that have affected over 200,000 sites in the government and private sector.
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