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Department of Computer and Information Sciences
1333 Wahnish Way
308-A Banneker Technical Bldg.
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

FAMU Center for Secure Computing and Information Assurance
Useful IA Links

General Security Sites:Academic Sites:Government & Industry Sites:

General Security:

Security News Portal

  • Gathers the latest news on security, viruses, trojans, hackers, hackings and other things of interest to security professionals.
 Hacker Center Security Portal :
  • Includes blogs, downloads, exploits, videos, events, papers, etc.
Arcane Security:
  • Security and Penetration testing community.  Downloads, Security Jobs, Forum, Articles, etc.
  • It is a comprehensive source of security information on the Internet. SecurityFocus is a neutral site that provides objective, timely and comprehensive security information to all members of the security community, fom end users, security hobbyists and network administrators to security consultants, IT Managers, CIOs and CSOs.
  • Open Security Evaluation Criteria (OSEC) is a framework for evaluating the security functionality of networked products.  Founded on the notion that product security evaluation criteria should be openly examinable, subject to critique and amendment, vendor and end-user input, and ultimately, become the product of community peer review.  OSEC defines a core set of tests for any networked or security product, and then adds further security and performance tests specific to each product space.
  • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) is a dictionary of common names for publicly known information security vulnerabilities, while its Common Configuration Enumeration provides identifiers for security configuration issues and exposures.
Symantec Security Response:
  • This site provides analysis of and protection from IT security threats that include malware, security risks, vulnerabilities, and spam.
White Hat Security:
  • This site provides complete and cost-effective website security solutions available today.  It combines a cloud-based technology platform with a team of leading security experts to help customers.
Internet Storm Center (ISC):
  • This site provides a free analysis and warning service to thousands of internet users and organizations, and is actively working with Internet Service Providers to fight back against the most malicious attackers.
  • This site provides a javascript DDoS Tool Analysis.
  • Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) resolves security-related attacks and incidents including handles thousands of security vulnerabilities affecting nearly all of the millions of computer systems and networks throughout the world connected by the ever growing Internet.
  • StopBadware attempts to make web safer through prevention, mitigation, and remediation of badware websites.  It provides guidiance on protecting against viruses, spyware, scareware, and other badware.
Online Alley:
  • This tool will allow you to check Google's banned domain name list to see whether or not your domain name is currently being banned/blacklisted by Google. 
  • The Homeland Security Portal (HLSP) is a non-government initiative aimed at serving the business community of the security and defense industries.  It is an interative platform and informative arena for industry professionals.
GEOTEK IPinfo Security Portal:
  • A security portal that addresses the following:  IP Tools, Privacy Check, IP Checker, Anonymous Surfing, Anonymous Email, Geolocation, Net Management, TCP/IP Ports, etc.
  • This site provides news of technology and security in cyberspace.  It tracks open source stories relating to the full-spectrum of information warefare, information security, and critical infrastructure protection.
IT Security Portal:
  • This site highlights the latest IT, computer and network security articles and news.

  • NIATEC is a consortium of academic, industry, and government organizations to improve the literacy, awareness, training and education standards in Information Assurance.
  • IEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.
  • SANS Institute is a cooperative research and education organization.  Its programs reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world.  It is the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world.  It makes available, at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center.
  • It is located at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute.  It studies security vulnerabilities, researches long-term changes in networked systems, and develops information and training to help improve security.
GIAC Certification:
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) validates the skills of information security professionals.  The purpose of GIAC is to provide assurance that a certified individual has the knowledge and skills necessary for a practioner in key areas of computer, information and software security.  GIAC certifications are trusted by thousands of companies and government agencies, including the United States National Security Agency (NSA).
  • The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 educates and certifies information security professionals throughout their careers.  Its certifications have earned numerous awards and global recognition. 
  • CompTIA's program focuses on four main areas:  education, certification, advocacy, and philanthropy.  
ISO 17799 Information Security Portal:
  • This site is intended to assist any organization seeking to improve its compliance position with respect to the ISO 17799 standard.
  • Realistic Useable Sample Knowledge, Workable Information and Guidance (RUSKWIG) is a site that provides sample security policy templates which can be downloaded and modified to meet the requirements of an organization. (Including password security policy, internet and e-mail acceptable use policies.)
WatchGuard Security Portal:
  • This site allows you to look up information about the latest applications, threats, and sites.  
Government & Industry:

Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS):
  • Under Executive Order (E.O.) 13231 of October 16,  2001, Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age, the President has redesignated the National Security telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee (NSTISSC) as the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). The Department of Defense continues to chair the committee under the authorities established by NSD-42. As a standing committee of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, the CNSS reports fully and regularly on its activities to the Board. The CNSS provides a forum for the discussion of policy issues, sets national policy, and promulgates direction, operational procedures, and guidance for the security of national security systems through the CNSS Issuance System.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS):
  • DHS has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
Department of Justice (DOJ):
  • DOJ's priority is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; to administer and enforce the Nation's immigration laws fairly and effectively; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
National Security Agency (NSA):
  • NSA is America’s cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce foreign intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the government.
National Science Foundation (NSF):
  • NSF is an independent agency of the U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950. NSF’s goal is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. 
  • This site is designed to protect the citizens and economy of Florida by safeguarding information systems, reducing vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, and increasing responsiveness to any threat.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Office of Statewide Intelligence):
  • Intelligence helps the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) keep the criminal justice community ahead of organized crime and domestic security threats.  Intelligence allows FDLE to maximize special agent and analyst investigative capabilities to increase their knowledge and understanding of criminal groups and their ability to devise initiatives that deter, disrupt and dismantle them in an efficient and effective manner.
NIST (Computer Security Portal):
NIST (Computer Security Division - Resource Center):
  • This site provides latest news and publications and other resources related to Computer Security.