With the rapid development of the Internet, many Asia Pacific economies are now increasingly dependent on public network applications such as online banking, online stock trading, e-business, e-government and e-customs. The protection of the various national information infrastructures that make up this new and emerging Asia Pacific e-economy is critical to the region’s political and economic stability and security. The need to protect these critical national information infrastructures is also urgent.
Attacks on information infrastructures are increasing in frequency, sophistication and scale. For example, the Code Red II Internet worm integrated characteristics of a computer virus, Trojan, Worm and Hacking activity to propagate quickly across the Internet and infect massive numbers of host computers. Code Red II was fully automated to search for hosts to infect with no respect for national or international boundaries. Subsequent worms such as Nimda also illustrate this recent and concerning trend.
This growing threat in the Asia Pacific region requires a collaborative approach with the various CERT and CSIRT organizations taking the lead role with full support from their respective governments.
To address this urgent need, Asia Pacific Incident Response Teams propose the establishment of a group called Asia Pacific CERT (APCERT). The Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) was established in 2003 for cooperation between CERTs in Asia Pacific region. APCERT would have an operational focus and be open to all suitably qualified CERTs and CSIRTs in the Asia Pacific region.
APCERT was established by National Computer Security and Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) from the econimies of the Asia Pacific region, aiming to improve cooperation, response and information sharing among CSIRTs in the region. Further information about APCERT can be found on www.apcert.org.