Corporate America is getting better about telling the U.S. government about serious security incidents, according to an official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2006, companies, universities and government agencies reported 23,000 incidents to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), up from 5,000 reported in 2005, Jerry Dixon, deputy director of the DHS's National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), said at the RSA Security Conference on Wednesday.

So far, in the first quarter of 2007, more than 19,000 incidents have been reported to US-CERT, Dixon said.

"Increasingly, the private sector is reporting these incidents," Dixon said during a session here. "We are getting a much better picture than what we use to get at the DHS."

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