The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
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The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center

The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) was created to provide leadership and guidance to the emerging field of threat assessment. Specifically, NTAC will offer timely, realistic, useful, and effective advice to law enforcement and other professionals and organizations with responsibilities to investigate and/or prevent targeted violence.

Building on a recent operational study of U.S. assassins, attackers, and near-lethal approachers of public officials, NTAC will develop and provide threat assessment training and conduct operational research relevant to public official, workplace, stalking/domestic, and school-based violence. In addition, NTAC will offer its assistance to organizations interested in developing threat assessment programs.


Insider Threat Study
In collaboration with CERT/CC of Carnegie Mellon University, the Secret Service is developing the Critical Systems Protection Initiative (CSPI). The goal of this program is to develop a refined cyber security prevention and response capability in support of both investigative and protective missions. One important component of the CSPI is the Insider Threat Study, which will analyze the physical and online behavior of insiders prior to and during network compromises. The insider who already has access to systems can potentially be the most dangerous. The U.S. Secret Service foresees the applicability of this program in assisting private industry to evaluate and manage a potential problem before it happens.

Searched the web for CERT/CC of Carnegie Mellon University. Results 1 - 10 of about 39,000

As part of the Insider Threat Study, the U.S. Secret Service and CERT/CC are conducting an anonymous survey of critical infrastructure sector organizations. The purpose of the survey is to collect information about the current prevalence of insider cases across all critical infrastructure sectors. For more information on the anonymous survey, please visit their Web site:

Secret Service Safe School Initiative
As part of its mission to provide leadership and guidance in the prevention of instances of targeted violence, the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) initiated a data-based research project to examine the incidents of school-based attacks. Since September 1999 NTAC staff have been conducting the Safe School Initiative, an operational study of 37 U.S. school shootings involving 41 perpetrators, that have occurred over the past 25 years.
More on the Safe School Initiative ...

Threat Assessment
Protective Intelligence & Threat Assessment Investigations "A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Officials" (194K)
Threat Assessment: An Approach to Prevent Targeted Violence (243K)
Threat Assessment: Defining an Approach for Evaluating Risk of Targeted Violence (3.2M)

Assassination / Targeted Violence Against Public Officials and Public Figures
Assassination in the United States: An Operational Study of Recent Assassins, Attackers, and Near Lethal Approaches (5.7M)
Protective Intelligence & Threat Assessment Investigations "A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Officials" (194K)
Threat Assessment: An Approach to Prevent Targeted Violence (243K)

Targeted Violence in Schools
Final Report and Findings: Implications for Prevention of School Attacks in the United States (271K)
Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates (185K)
USSS Safe School Initiative: An Interim Report on the Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools (390K)
Evaluating Risk for Targeted Violence in Schools (80K)
Chicago Sun Times
Deadly Lessons - School shooters tell why

Targeted Violence in the Judiciary
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
Preventing Targeted Violence Against Judicial Officials and Courts
Assassination in the United States: An Operational Study of Recent Assassins, Attackers, and Near Lethal Approaches (5.7M)

Terrorism / Extremist Group Violence
Assessing Threats of Targeted Group Violence: Contributions from Social Psychology (160K)

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US Department of Homeland Security Announces Partnership with ...
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a partnership with Carnegie
Mellon University's CERT® Coordination Center (CERT/CC) to create US ...

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's CERT® Coordination Center (CERT/CC) to create US-CERT, a coordination point for prevention, protection, and response to cyber attacks across the Internet.

The US-CERT will begin as a partnership between the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within DHS and Carnegie Mellon's CERT/CC. The US-CERT will grow to include other partnerships with private-sector security vendors and domestic and international organizations. These groups will work together to coordinate national and international efforts to prevent cyber attacks, protect systems, and respond to the effects of cyber attacks across the Internet.

Carnegie Mellon's CERT/CC was formed in November 1988 within the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) after an Internet worm brought 10 percent of Internet-connected systems to a halt. The SEI is a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Software Engineering Institute's sponsor. CERT/CC also is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon's Cyber Security Laboratory.

Today, Carnegie Mellon's CERT/CC alerts U.S. industry and computer users worldwide to potential threats to the security of their systems and provides information about how to avoid, minimize, or recover from the damage. The center has played a key role in coordinating responses to major security events such as the Code Red worm, Melissa virus, and most recently the MS Blaster worm and the Sobig.F virus.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge called US-CERT "a key element to our national strategy to combat terrorism and protect our critical infrastructure."

"The recent cyber attacks such as the Blaster worm and the SoBig virus highlight the urgent need for an enhanced computer emergency response program that coordinates national efforts to cyber incidents and attacks," Ridge said.

Speaking at a briefing in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 15, Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon expressed enthusiasm for the partnership between the CERT/CC and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as its potential for future partnerships with industry and other universities.

"Carnegie Mellon is proud and pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Department of Homeland Security. We are committed to maintaining our longstanding leadership in cyber security and to building additional strength in this critical area," Cohon said.

"Our nation's growing use of the Internet for safety-critical applications as well as business transactions, coupled with the increased sophistication and speed of cyber-attacks increases the risk that cyber-attacks can cause significant damage in short periods of time" said Richard D. Pethia, director of the CERT/CC. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with DHS and other partners to aggressively and continually improve our nation's cyber-security incident response capability."

The Department of Homeland Security said that the creation of a US-CERT was the first in a series of upcoming announcements on new partnerships and initiatives within the National Cyber Security Division.

About Carnegie Mellon:
A top national research university, Carnegie Mellon University has one of the most technologically sophisticated campuses in the world. Carnegie Mellon's research and education program includes an extensive cyber security laboratory initiative. The security initiative amplifies and expands on two of the university's greatest strengths—a willingness to collaborate across departments and colleges, and a track record of working closely with government, business, and other sectors. Carnegie Mellon is a leader in the improvement of information security and software quality and home to some of the world's top researchers in engineering, computer science, public policy, and software engineering. Carnegie Mellon also is home to the Cyber Security Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary, university-wide center established to tackle the challenges related to Internet security, data storage, and privacy issues. The center is led by professor of electrical and computer engineering Pradeep Khosla.

About the SEI and the CERT/CC
The Software Engineering Institute

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