By SecurityFocus Staff
Since its inception in 1999, SecurityFocus has been a mainstay in the
security community. From original news content to detailed technical
papers and guest columnists, we've strived to be the community's source
for all things security related. SecurityFocus was formed with the idea
that the community needed a place to come together and share its
collected wisdom and knowledge.
At the time, the security community was fairly fragmented with
mainstream security information in its infancy. If you worked in
security, it was difficult and frustrating to find the information you
were looking for because it was scattered across a small number of
mailing lists, sites and publications. There was no single place where a
community of security professionals could go to get the information they
needed and there was a unique opportunity to build a community portal
that would provide its users with a destination and voice.
At SecurityFocus, the community has always been our primary focus. We
knew then as we know now that providing the community with a place to
share information, discuss new ideas and share technologies was critical
to staying in touch with the constantly evolving threat landscape. With
its purchase of SecurityFocus in 2002, Symantec became one of the first
vendors to recognize the importance of maintaining a close relationship
with the security community to the point where they made a commitment to
its founders to continue to operate SecurityFocus as an independent
company with the same mandate -- "It's all here - and it's all free."
The threat landscape has changed significantly over the past 10 years
and so has the community. What was once a dispersed though vocal
collection of users, researchers and analysts has become a much larger
and more cohesive community of experts who have endeavored to make
security more than just an after-thought. Vendors have also changed
significantly, to the point where entire divisions are devoted to
security research and education. Today, more information is shared
openly within the community than ever before through the use of blogs,
threat analysis, and whitepapers as vendors increasingly work with the
community to solve today's security challenges. The enormous growth in
dedicated portals and alternative news sources such as social networking
sites allows us to get our security news and information from a variety
of sources and as a result, it makes sense for SecurityFocus to evaluate
how best to serve its readers.
With this in mind, the time is right for SecurityFocus to focus more on
its core components. Beginning March 15, 2010 SecurityFocus will begin a
transition of its content to Symantec Connect. As part of its continued
commitment to the community, all of SecurityFocus. mailing lists
including Bugtraq and its Vulnerability Database will remain online at
www.securityfocus.com There will not be any changes to any of the list
charters or policies and the same teams who have moderated list traffic
will continue to do so. The vulnerability database will continue to be
updated and made available as it is currently. DeepSight and other
security intelligence related offerings will remain unchanged while
Infocus articles, whitepapers, and other SecurityFocus content will be
available off of the main Symantec website in the coming months.
While the news portal section of SecurityFocus will no longer be
offered, we think our readers will be better served by this change as we
combine our efforts with Symantec Connect and continue to provide a
valuable service to the community. As always, if you have any questions
or concerns you can reach us at editor-at-securityfocus-dot-com.
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