Cyber Alert System Failure

I got a National Cyber Alert System alert today about the Microsoft Internet Explorer security vulnerability, now that Microsoft has a patch out. The trouble is, everybody has known about this since last week, and anybody finding out about it today is already hopelessly in trouble.

There’s nothing wrong with a notification, “hey, you should ensure this patch is applied,” but that’s not the purported purpose of the Cyber Alert System.

Thank goodness for the ISC which is group of volunteers doing a much better job than the large government bureaucracy charged with the task.