US-CERT - Computer Definition
With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and in collaboration with CERT/CC (CERT Coordination Center), the US-CERT is intended to become the focal point for identifying and responding to computer security incidents in the United States. The primary mission of US-CERT is to coordinate previously dispersed efforts to counter threats from all forms of cybercrime. In doing so, US-CERT takes on responsibilities for analyzing cyberthreats, disseminating cyberthreat warnings, reducing vulnerabilities, and coordinating responses to Homeland Security incidents. US-CERT can be contacted through the Department of Homeland Security or the CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University.
See Also: Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Schell, B.H. and Martin, C. Contemporary World Issues Series: Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
(United States-Computer Emergency Readiness Team) The group charged with protecting the U.S. Internet infrastructure by coordinating defense against and response to cyberattacks. It was established in September 2003 and operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit www.us-cert.gov. See CERT/CC.