What is the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)?

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India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) recently issued a warning for a high-severity vulnerability reported in Google Chrome for desktops.

About CERT-In:

  • It is the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents as and when they occur.
  • It is a functional organisation of the Ministry of Information & Electronics Technology, Government of India, with the objective of securing Indian cyberspace. 
  • CERT-In has been operational since January 2004.
  • The constituency of CERT-In is the Indian cyber community and Indian cyberspace.
  • The Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008, designated CERT-In to serve as the national agency to perform the following functions in the area of cybersecurity:
    • Collection, analysis, and dissemination of information on cyber incidents.
    • Forecasts and alerts of cyber security incidents
    • Emergency measures for handling cyber security incidents
    • Coordination of cyber incident response activities.
    • Issue guidelines, advisories, vulnerability notes, and white papers relating to information security practices, procedures, prevention, response, and reporting of cyber incidents.
    • Such other functions relating to cyber security as may be prescribed.
  • To perform these functions, CERT-In is empowered to call for informationand issue directions to service providers, intermediaries, data centres, body corporates, and any other person. 
  • CERT-In provides services to organizations in the Government, Public, and Private sectors. In addition, CERT-In provides services to individuals and home users as well.
  • Disclosure of information will be followed in accordance with Indian Constitutional laws.

Q1: What is Malware?

Malware, or malicious software, is any program or file that is intentionally harmful to a computer, network or server. Types of malware include computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware and spyware.

Source: CERT-In issues alert for high severity vulnerability in Google Chrome