SWITCH's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) turns 20 years old in 2016. We take a look back.
20 years old and as successful as ever: SWITCH's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has always worked hard in the interests of cybersecurity in Switzerland. The fact that its tireless efforts behind the scenes have made .ch the most secure top-level domain in Europe and one of the most secure in the world is without doubt its greatest achievement.
The CERT's formation was a process of many stages, a crucial one being membership of the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). It was recognised by CERT/CC, the CERT coordination body at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania/USA 20 years ago. This gave SWITCH access to information from the international "web of trust", opening the way to membership of FIRST. However, the story actually starts long before that. Let us travel back in time and look into how SWITCH-CERT came about, how it has developed and a few highlights from its history. As you will see, there is plenty to celebrate.
The Annual Report states, "In the year under review, the security department (SWITCH-CERT) dealt with more than 20 reports of security incidents from SWITCH clients. It also provided expert opinions as part of a disciplinary investigation and accepted a series of consulting mandates from new clients and external organisations."
SWITCH introduces security precautions for e-mail, including the first Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) key, signed by Thomas Lenggenhager, Hannes P. Lubich and Christoph Graf.