U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team

What Does U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Mean?

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) was developed in 2003 to protect the country’s internet infrastructure and continues to play a vital role in keeping the public sector’s data secured 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other private and public sectors, they strive to make the Internet safe for the entire nation.


Techopedia Explains U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team

U.S. CERT coordinates with other security agencies to promote faster data sharing and emergency situation reporting as well as to reduce the risk of possible cyber threats. Other functions of the agency include:

  • Gathering and evaluating information from security threats
  • Offering assistance to other security agencies regarding threat detection and management
  • Reporting to agencies about current and possible security threats
  • Devising methods for the public to communicate security threats as soon as possible
  • Coordinating recovery activities with other operation centers in emergency situations
  • Evaluating malware applications
  • Educating consumers and businesses about data security and the internet

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