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Who can join as member of APCERT?
There is a membership type for any organisation that furthers the objectives of APCERT. CSIRT or CERT, formed by Governments and/or are non-profit, in the Asia Pacific region are invited to join as Operational Members and organizations that can support the activities of Operational Members are invited to join as Supporting Members. A prospective member must obtain sponsor(s) depending on the membership type, among the existing APCERT Operational Members to support their application.
What types of memberships are available at APCERT?
APCERT has two levels of membership: "Operational Member" and "Supporting Member". An applicant must first decide what membership type best fits their current situation upon application. Should conditions change for a CSIRT or CERT, that may affect eligibility, then membership type needs to be reviewed.
What are the differences between "Operational Membership" and "Supporting Membership"?
Operational members are Government, National or leading non-for-profit CSIRT and CERT in the Asia Pacific region with an interest in incident response and IT security that actively contribute to the goals of APCERT. After the first year of membership, Operational Members have the right to vote and stand for a Steering Committee position. Supporting Membership requirements is more relaxed on the origin and funding model of the CSIRT or CERT but do not have voting rights or capacity to stand for an APCERT Steering Committee position.
Refer to Chapter 3 of the APCERT Operational Framework for details.
What defines CERTs and CSIRTs?
Applicants must provide Incident Response/Coordination or Security Research as part of their activities within the Asia Pacific region.
Is Supporting Membership a pre-requisite for becoming an Operational Member?
No. There is no membership status promotion from Supporting Membership to Operational Membership. Conditions of the CSIRT or CERT must change before membership type to change.
Who can be a sponsor and what does a sponsor have to do?
Any existing APCERT Operational Member can become a sponsor for a prospective Operational Member or Supporting Member. An Operational Member who takes on the role of a sponsor is required to submit a "Sponsor Report - Operational Member" or "Sponsor Report - Supporting Member" for the corresponding sponsored prospective member. The responsibility of a sponsor includes the following:
  • To fill and submit the corresponding "Sponsor Report", and
  • To be a mentor to a prospective member especially during the first year.
How many sponsors are required for prospective members?
Prospective Operational Members must be sponsored by one (1) existing Operational Member.
Prospective Supporting Members must be sponsored by three (3) existing Operational Members.
How does my team become a member of APCERT?
Please refer to the "Membership Application Process" webpage.
What kind of documents do we need to submit for joining as a member?
For Operational Membership,
  1. "APCERT Membership Application Form for an Operational Member" (by an applicant)
  2. "Sponsor Report - Operational Member" (by a sponsor)
     For Supporting Membership,
For Supporting Membership,
  1. "APCERT Membership Application Form for a Supporting Member" (by an applicant)
  2. "Sponsor Report - Supporting Member" (by three sponsors)
What are the benefits of becoming an APCERT Member?
All Membership can,
  1. Participate in APCERT General Meetings (GM) and join the discussions, and influence the decision making process of APCERT activities and business related matters; and,
  2. Exchange security related information with other members.
In addition, an Operational Member can,
  1. Vote on APCERT issues, including an election for Steering Committee members; and,
  2. Stand for election of Steering Committee members.
Who makes the decision whether to accept a membership application and how?
APCERT Steering Committee will discuss the completed applications and make decisions on a case by case basis according to pre-set criteria. The decision is made by voting.
Who are the existing members?
How many members can APCERT accept from one economy?
An unlimited number for both Operational Membership and Supporting Membership. However, among Operational Members, one Point of Contact (POC) is to be proposed per economy.
What are the responsibilities of being an APCERT member?
The members are required to maintain confidentiality of the information shared with other members. In addition, the members are expected to actively share information with other APCERT members, respond to queries in a timely manner, and participate in APCERT activities.
What are the roles of an APCERT representative (apcert-rep)?
This person will have a number of roles:
  1. Prior to the team being accepted as an APCERT member:
    • responsible for providing information to the sponsor and the APCERT secretariat when required during the membership application process.
  2. Once your team becomes an APCERT member, your responsibilities will include:
    • keeping your teams contact information up to date and notify other teams of any changes
    • representing your team during APCERT meetings
    • ensuring that confidential information posted to APCERT mailing lists are kept confidential within your organization