The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) is the coordination center of the computer emergency response team (CERT) for Internet security incidents. The first center of its kind, it was created in Pittsburgh in November 1988 at DARPA's direction in response to the Morris worm incident. The CERT/CC is now part of the CERT Program, which has more than 150 cybersecurity professionals working on projects that take a proactive approach to securing systems. The CERT Program partners with government, industry, law enforcement, and academia to develop advanced methods and technologies to counter large-scale, sophisticated cyber threats.
In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security entered into an agreement with CMU to create US-CERT. US-CERT is the national computer security incident response team (CSIRT) for the United States of America. The CERT/CC coordinates information with US-CERT and other computer security incident response teams, some of which are licensed to use the name “CERT.” The CERT Program runs the CERT Knowledgebase.