Short for the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center
. CERT was started in December 1988 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which was part of the U.S. Department of Defense, after the Morris Worm disabled about 10% of all computers connected to the Internet
. CERT/CC is located at the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research center operated by Carnegie Mellon University.
Cert/CC studies Internet security vulnerabilities, provides services to Web sites that have been attacked and publishes security alerts. CERT/CC’s research activities include the area of WAN computing and developing improved Internet security. The organization also provides training to incident response professionals.