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Cambridge Computer Emergency Response Team (CamCERT)

Who are CamCERT?

CamCERT - the Cambridge Computer Emergency Response Team - are a team of IT security staff working for University Information Services. They have the following responsibilities:

  • To co-ordinate the response to security incidents, where required, at the University of Cambridge.
  • To monitor IT infrastucture and detect security incidents or problems.
  • To provide technical advice and assistance in IT security.
  • To improve IT security across the collegiate University.
  • To apply and where necessary, enforce, University policy in IT security.

Contact CamCERT at: 01223 767077.

What does CamCERT do?

On a day to day basis CamCERT co-ordinates the response to security incidents in the University of Cambridge. We act as the UIS contact point for anyone in the University who finds that the security of a computer or account has been compromised. We liaise between departments, Colleges, the UIS and, where necessary, external organisations in order to provide support in response to security incidents. CamCERT also calls upon the services and expertise of other UIS teams such as Unix Support, Network Support and PC Support. Typical CamCERT activities include:

  • We provide advice for IT staff and students when investigating a security incident.
  • We issue alerts about new security threats.
  • We notify Institutions about vulnerable machines in their Institution, especially when a new security loophole has been announced.
  • We monitor CUDN traffic logs looking for evidence that indicates a security incident or issue has occurred, and report these to the local institution.
  • We co-ordinate with JANET-CSIRT.

 How can CamCERT help you?

Security incidents are an inevitable part of using IT and they occur every day at the University. CamCERT is specifically there to help general staff, students and IT staff with these incidents. CamCERT is contacted for a variety of reasons, some common examples are as follows:

  • To report a security incident, major or minor, at your institution. This is always of interest, even if the incident has been solved, as it adds to our awareness of current security issues at Cambridge.
  • To ask for technical advice regarding a virus\malware infection.
  • To check the authenticity of an usual email - is it spam or is it real?
  • To request an exemption from a University security policy.
  • To request information (e.g. traffic logs) to assist with a security incident.

CamCERT is a free service provided to all staff and students at the University (although we may refer you to your local IT staff if appropriate).

Other CamCERT Information

CamCERT also run their own blog, posting news articles about security matters of interest to the University. We also post information about major security incidents. It can be found here:

CamCERT Blog

Privacy Policy for CamCERT