Cy­ber Swach­hta Ken­dra

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The Govern­ment of In­dia has launched a new desk­top and mo­bile se­cu­rity so­lu­tion named "Cy­ber Swach­hta Ken­dra", through its Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (CERTin). The launch aims at a cre­at­ing a se­cure cy­ber space for the cit­i­zens of the coun­try. Along with this, Govern­ment also launched M-Kavach, a smart­phone se­cu­rity so­lu­tion for An­droid de­vices. M-Kavach comes as an ef­fort to deal with unau­tho­rised ac­cess to a smart­phone’s re­sources like Wi-Fi, Cam­era, and Blue­tooth etc. The app comes with fea­tures which re­strict ac­cess to crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions like Mo­bile wal­lets, So­cial media apps and more. It also al­lows users to block un­wanted calls and SMS. Also read: Twit­ter 'Ghost' Deletes Of­fen­sive Tweets for Con­tent Mon­i­tor­ing The app pro­tects a smart­phone from Mal­ware at­tacks and also re­stricts ac­cess to hard­ware fea­tures like Cam­era, Mo­bile Data, Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth. Users can erase their con­tact list and call logs through SMS and sim­i­larly per­form a com­plete fac­tory re­set of their smart­phone if in case the de­vice is lost. M-Kavach also helps users to back-up and re­store their smart­phone’s data Cur­rently, the app is sup­ported on An­droid 4.4, 5.0 & 6.0 Other ser­vices launched by the Govern­ment in­clude Browser JSGuard, USB Pratirodh, Ap­pSamvid. The Browser JSGuard comes as a browser ex­ten­sion to de­fend against ma­li­cious at­tacks. Whereas, USB Pratirodh re­stricts the threat posed by re­mov­able stor­age de­vices like ex­ter­nal HDDs and Pen­drives. The se­cu­rity so­lu­tion for desk­tops con­trols the us­age of these de­vices when in use. Lastly, Ap­pSamvid is a so­lu­tion for Win­dows desk­top users and en­ables whitelist­ing for ex­e­cutable files. Only the files which are pre-ap­proved by the user will be ex­e­cuted on the sys­tem.

In­dia launches ‘Cy­ber Swach­hta Ken­dra’ to pro­tect cit­i­zens

At a time when cy­ber at­tacks are in­creas­ing, the govern­ment through its Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse

Team (CERT-in) on Tues­day launched “Cy­ber Swach­hta Ken­dra” — a new desk­top and mo­bile se­cu­rity so­lu­tion for a se­cure cy­ber space in the coun­try. The new so­lu­tion will no­tify, en­able clean­ing and se­cure sys­tems of end-users to pre­vent fur­ther in­fec­tions. “In­dia to­day joined the dis­tin­guished club of coun­tries that have mal­ware­clean­ing sys­tems for the use of its cit­i­zens. As of now, we have 13 banks and in­ter­net ser­vice providers us­ing this fa­cil­ity. With the ex­pand­ing dig­i­tal foot­print in the coun­try, I see a surge in start-ups in the area of cy­ber se­cu­rity by the end of the year,” said Union IT and Elec­tron­ics Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad at the event here. “This cen­tre will work in co­or­di­na­tion with the in­ter­net ser­vice providers (ISPs) and In­dus­try. This Ken­dra will also en­hance aware­ness among cit­i­zens re­gard­ing bot­net and mal­ware in­fec­tion along with mea­sures to be taken to se­cure their de­vices”, Prasad added. The min­is­ter also an­nounced that the Na­tional Cy­ber Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre will be oper­a­tional by June 2017. The govern­ment also an­nounced it would set up CERTIns at the state level as well. “The govern­ment will set up 10 more STQC ( Stan­dard­i­s­a­tion Test­ing and Qual­ity Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion) test­ing Fa­cil­i­ties. Test­ing fee for any start-up that comes up with a dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy in the quest of cy­ber se­cu­rity will be re­duced by 50 per cent. We will also em­power des­ig­nated foren­sic labs to work as the cer­ti­fied author­ity to es­tab­lish cy­ber crime,” Prasad noted. Part of the so­lu­tion, USB Pratirodh is a desk­top se­cu­rity so­lu­tion that con­trols the us­age of re­mov­able stor­age media like pen drives, ex­ter­nal hard drives and other USB-sup­ported mass stor­age de­vices. M-Kavach tool of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive mo­bile de­vice se­cu­rity so­lu­tion for An­droid de­vices ad­dress­ing threats re­lated to mo­bile phones. Ap­pSamvid is a desk­top so­lu­tion which pro­tects sys­tems by al­low­ing in­stal­la­tion of gen­uine ap­pli­ca­tions through white list­ing. This helps in pre­vent­ing threats from ma­li­cious ap­pli­ca­tions. The move comes at a time when over 50,300 cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­ci­dents like phish­ing, web­site in­tru­sions and de­face­ments, virus and de­nial of ser­vice at­tacks have been ob­served in the coun­try dur­ing 2016. “As per the in­for­ma­tion re­ported to and tracked by In­dian Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (CERTIn), a to­tal num­ber of 44,679, 49,455 and 50,362 cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dents were ob­served dur­ing the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, re­spec­tively,” Min­is­ter of State for Elec­tron­ics and IT PP Chaud­hary said in a writ­ten re­ply to the Lok Sabha ear­lier this month. The Cy­ber Swach­hta Ken­dra is part of the govern­ment of In­dia’s Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive un­der the Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MeitY). “With the in­creased pen­e­tra­tion of ICT infrastructure in our coun­try, the threat of cy­ber se­cu­rity has be­come more se­ri­ous and vis­i­ble. There is a need to col­lab­o­rate and come forth with so­lu­tions like the Cy­ber Swach­hta Ken­dra in or­der to en­sure a safe and se­cure cy­ber world for the cit­i­zens,” said Aruna Sun­darara­jan, Sec­re­tary, MeitY. Ac­cord­ing to Saket Modi, CEO and Co-founder of Delhi-based IT risk as­sess­ment and dig­i­tal se­cu­rity ser­vices provider Lu­cideus, the launch of the Bot­net clean­ing cen­tre in In­dia is a much-needed move. “The po­ten­tial scale at which this cen­tre can op­er­ate will clearly make this the largest in the world con­sid­er­ing the size of the In­dian in­ter­net ecosys­tem which has over half a bil­lion peo­ple on­line and over 250 mil­lion smart­phones and one bil­lion mo­bile phones across the coun­try,” Modi told IANS. Bot­nets fun­da­men­tally is a pro­gramme which is automated and runs on a com­put­ing de­vice which can be any IoT/smart de­vice. The pop­u­lar at­tacks that hap­pen these days us­ing bot­nets are called the Dis­trib­uted De­tail of Ser­vice (DDOS) at­tacks.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Min­is­ter of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy

P.P. Choud­hary, Min­is­ter of State for Elec­tron­ics & IT and Law & Jus­tice

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