The National Cyber Security Partnership, a coalition of business and technology groups, Thursday released its initial recommendations for improving Internet security.

The recommendations include creation of an Early Warning Alert Network (EWAN) to provide a means for timely sharing information across industry boundaries. EWAN would be built from existing trust systems, such as the ISACs, and would be a vetted community not open to the public at large, said Doug Pearson, manager of digital media network services at Indiana University and a member of the NCSP task force on early warning. US-CERT would administer the effort.

The task force on early warning also called on the federal government to create a National Crisis Coordination Center by 2006 to coordinate analysis and response among critical infrastructure sector experts and government officials.

Another task force that studied ways to bolster cybersecurity awareness issued a guidebook for small business owners and recommended the creation of a series of regional forums for CEOs to emphasize CEOs' role in infosec.

The recommendations are the work of task forces that met at the National Cyber Security Summit in December, sponsored by the business organizations such as the Business Software Alliance that lead NCSP. Task force members include security experts from trade associations, vendors, educational institutions, and representatives from federal, state and local government.

"We've brought togehter some of the brightest minds in cybersecurity to collaborate on recommendations for solving some of the nation's most serious cybersecurity challenges, as outlined in the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace," said Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America, one of the leaders of NCSP. "These recommendations are transitioning talk to action."

The task force reports are available at the NCSP's new web site, www.cyberpartnership.org.