Computer Emergency Response Team

A computer emergency response team (CERT) is an expert group that handles computer security incidents. Alternative names for such groups include computer emergency readiness team and computer security incident response team (CSIRT)

What is a computer security incident?

  • Any real or suspected adverse event in relation to the security of computer systems or computer networks
  • The act of violating an explicit or implied security policy

Examples of incidents could include activity such as

  • attempts (either failed or successful) to gain unauthorized access to a system or its data
  • unwanted disruption or denial of service
  • unauthorized use of a system for the processing or storage of data
  • changes to system hardware, firmware, or software characteristics without the owner’s knowledge, instruction, or consent

Computer security incident activity can be defined as network or host activity that potentially threatens the security of computer systems.

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