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FAQ: Collaboration Between the CERT Coordination Center and Computer Security Incident Response Teams Worldwide

This FAQ answers questions related to the collaboration between the CERT/CC and CSIRTs worldwide.

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The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) is part of the larger CERT Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center located at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. As the world's first response team, the CERT/CC has served as a model for response teams around the world. With the growth of networks, their integration into the economy, and the diversity of the global communities, there is a growing demand for global support, cooperation, and collaboration among governments, industry, and academia to solve today's common Internet security issues.

The CERT/CC recognizes the unique issues facing computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs). The CERT/CC has provided education, training, and coordination support to many teams and continues to contribute to their growth.

"CERT" is a registered trademark owned by Carnegie Mellon University. Over the years, we have granted permission to many CSIRTs to use our mark in their names. We are now formalizing our authorization process to ensure that "CERT" continues to identify the high quality of services that the public expects. To become authorized to use "CERT" in their name, organizations must verify that they provide computer security incident response services that meet the standards of trust, integrity, and quality that are associated with our name.