A computer emergency response team (CERT) is an expert group that handles computer security incidents. It is the internet’s official emergency team.
Nepal, being a developing country, must think for better security system to be deployed with the implementation of Information system for effective and efficient utilization of the resources. The deployment of e-government system and the back-end network infrastructure deployments are slowly progressing. With these perspectives, keeping organizational information assets secure in today's interconnected computing environment is a true challenge that becomes more difficult with each new IT-based product and each new global IT threat. Most organizations realize that there is no single solution or panacea for securing systems and data; instead a multilayer security strategy is required. One of the layers that many organizations require in their strategy today is the creation of and National IT Emergency Readiness/Response Team, generally called an ITERT or Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The CERT proposed in Nepal by Department of Information Technology, Training, Research and Development Section as ITERT to provide the following 24x7 services:
The Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Training, Research and Development Section have recently formed CERT Committee under the supervision of Director General of DoIT for the design and implementation of Nepalese CERT.
The CERT Committee has formed as follows:
The above CERT Committee are responsible for the addressing the legal mandates in upcoming IT Umbrella ACT of Nepal, and also responsible for identification of IT Infrastructure, Hardware and Software as well as the Security tools for the NPCERT.
CERT related services provided by DoIT in line with NPCERT are: