Einstein 2: U.S. Government's 'Enlightening' New Cybersecurity Weapon

Friday Feb 12th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

A new intrusion detection system is helping the Department of Homeland Security detect patterns in cyberattacks.

NetworkWorld: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rolling out a new intrusion detection system for federal departments that helps detect patterns in cyberattacks. Named "Einstein 2," the system currently protects DHS, the Department of Agriculture, the State Department and the Department of Interior, but more agencies will be added as the year progresses.

Einstein 2 "has been very enlightening…to see what intrusion sets they are actually seeing and how certain ones target particular departments and particular agencies and others you can see every place we are currently operational " says Nicole Dean, deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Division of DHS.

Currently, the system detects between 100 and 10,000 attacks per week.

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