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

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The Central Government recently informed that the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) may soon be exempt from responding to queries under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

About Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in):

  • CERT-In is a functional organisation of the Ministry of Information & Electronics Technology.
  • It is the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents as and when they occur.
  • Objective: Securing Indian cyberspace.
  • CERT-In has been operational since January 2004.
  • Functions:
    • Collection, analysis and dissemination of information on cyber incidents;
    • Forecast 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 whitepapers relating to information security practices, procedures, prevention, response and reporting of cyber incidents;


Q1) What is a  cyber attack?

A cyber attack refers to an action designed to target a computer or any element of a computerized information system to change, destroy, or steal data, as well as exploit or harm a network.

Source: CERT-in may be exempted from giving information under RTI Act, says Centre