Computer Emergency Response Team-Kerala (CERT-K)

Kerala is developing fast, having embraced information technology as a platform for innovation, prosperity and the key to building a knowledge based economy. As it has become more connected, the global threats from the internet need to be adequately addressed. The traditional threats from hackers has been rapidly changing to include more malicious actors such as terrorist, organized criminal networks, industrial and foreign government espionage, including cyber warfare to name a few.

As Kerala’s dependence on cyberspace grows, its resiliency and security become even more critical, and hence the need for a comprehensive approach that address this need. Thus, it was with this foresight that the Information technology Department, Government of Kerala conceptualized setting up a dedicated body to proactively and reactively address and respond to risks that may arise with technology usage in line with CERT India (CERT-IN).

Computer Emergency Response Team-Kerala (CERT-K) was set up in May 2010 and since then, CERT-K has been instrumental in building resilience into the critical information infrastructure of Kerala.

Worldwide, there are more than 250 organizations that use the name “CERT” or a similar name and deal with cybersecurity response. CERT-K is independent of these groups, though we may coordinate with them on security incidents.

CERT-K has become the state center to address the states information security needs and safeguard the local society drive towards technological excellence. CERT-K is working to harmonize the secure use of technology through best practices, standard policies, risk mitigations and dissemination of valuable information.

CERT-K helps to protect citizens as well as critical businesses and organizations against cyber security risks. It also contributes to the national cyber security posture, advices on policies and security standards and empowers the confidence in technology users.