A center for Internet security founded in 1988 following the Morris worm incident. At that time, the
Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) charged
Carnegie Mellon UniversityÂ’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) with
developing a communication coordination center to connect experts during
security emergencies and to help prevent future intrusion incidents. Because of
the rapid development of the Internet, the amount of damage and the
difficulties in detecting intrusions have increased dramatically. Therefore,
the role of the CERT/CC has been expanded in recent years. CERT/CC has become
part of the SEI Networked Systems Survivability Program, with its main purpose
being to make sure that the right systems management practices and technology
are employed to not only thwart attacks on networked systems but also limit the
damage done so that critical services can continue. With the development of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US-CERT has been established as a partnership between the
DHS and the public and private sectors, mandated to enhance computer security
preparedness and response to cyber attacks against the United States.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Department of Homeland
Security (DHS); Morris worm; US-CERT.
Schell, B.H. and Martin, C. Contemporary
World Issues Series: Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara,
CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004.