Background

THE EVOLUTION OF SECURITY IN CYBERSPACE


The first Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), now named the CERT Coordination Centre (CERT/CC), was formed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in November, 1988 in response to needs exhibited during one of the most notorious Internet hacks - the Internet Worm. CERT/CC products and services included 24 hour technical assistance for responding to computer security incidents, product vulnerability assistance, technical documentation and seminars. The establishment of the CERT/CC illustrated the benefit to other nations in establishing a national capability.


The integrity of information, its protection and an incident response mechanism are all now considered indispensable elements that contribute to national economic growth. The viability of electronic commerce, health information networks and government databases is underpinned by the compelling assurances related to security.


Information protection services have become as ubiquitous as remote fire and intrusion alarms. Owing to the pervasive nature of information exchange, security issues can no longer be managed within local spheres. A consolidated approach to coordinating national information infrastructure security concerns is genuinely needed.


WHY A CANADIAN COMPUTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM?


In collaboration with other CERTs around the world, CanCERT™ provides a valuable service both to Canadians and to foreign agencies investigating incidents that involve Canada.


Canadians need rapid incident response and comprehensive computer security knowledge and support. CanCERT™ synthesizes computer security issues and provides a Canadian perspective. We understand the Canadian business environment and legislative regulations. Our ability to develop a comprehensive technical network of international Internet Service Providers, technical partnerships and international CERT agencies brings expertise to resolve computer security incidents immediately.