Sending Sensitive Information

We recommend that you encrypt sensitive information in email to protect it from being viewed by unintended recipients. We prefer OpenPGP standard cryptography, which usually means Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) or the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG). However, can use S/MIME or other methods on a case-by-case basis.

Those unable to use PGP can contact us at <cert@cert.org> or <+1 412-268-5800> to arrange alternative methods.

We also encourage you to check the PGP signature on email and documents to ensure that they were produced by the CERT key and have not been altered.

The CERT/CC PGP Key

As a good security practice, be sure to validate PGP keys you receive and do not trust unvalidated keys. In the past, forged CERT PGP keys have been created and uploaded to public keyservers. It is important to validate your copy of the CERT PGP public key to ensure it is legitimate.

Get our PGP public key from the CERT website.

Our current PGP key has the following properties:

  CERT PGP Key Information
  Key ID: 0x8C310267
  Key Type: RSA
  Expires: 2017-09-30
  Key Size: 4096
  Key Fingerprint: 1EB5 7A29 D76C 3B94 99F2  8457 E695 0F0C 8C31 0267
  UserID: CERT Coordination Center <cert@cert.org>


The CERT PGP keys have an operational life span of approximately one year. When we generate a new key, it will be available from this web page, and we will announce the change.

Call us at +1 412-268-5800 to verify the fingerprint:
1EB5 7A29 D76C 3B94 99F2 8457 E695 0F0C 8C31 0267