cert - Computer Definition
A group of experts at Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute responsible for overseeing security issues on the Internet. CERT was formed in 1988 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as an incident response team, specifically in response to the Internet Worm. See Appendix A for contact information. See also DARPA, Internet, and US-CERT.
(1) (cert) See digital certificate.
(2) (Computer Emergency Response Team) A group of people in an organization who coordinate their response to breaches of security or other computer emergencies such as breakdowns and disasters. Other similar terms are CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team), CIRT (Computer Incident Response Team) and IRT (Incident Response Team). CERT often refers to the CERT center at Carnegie Mellon University (see CERT/CC). Countries also develop their own CERT agencies for national security (see US-CERT). See oCERT and vulnerability disclosure.