IT min­istry un­veils NIC-CERT


The min­istry of elec­tron­ics and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy has set up a com­puter emer­gency re­sponse team un­der the Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­tre, be­ing re­ferred as

NIC-CERT. The NIC is the nodal agency man­ag­ing the en­tire

IT in­fra­struc­ture of the cen­tral and var­i­ous gov­ern­ments.

Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad said that though as part of the Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive the gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced sev­eral on­line ser­vices, it has also ex­posed them to the threats and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties which are an inherent part of cy­berspace. The NIC-CERT has been setup with the ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing a com­pre­hen­sive frame­work that integrates world class se­cu­rity com­po­nents and in­built threat in­tel­li­gence for de­tec­tion, pre­ven­tion and in­ci­dent re­sponse, Prasad said. Us­ing tools the team will cor­re­late events that would help in gen­er­at­ing a can­vas of the at­tack sur­face and iden­tify the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and pos­si­ble ex­ploits. The gath­ered in­tel­li­gence as­sim­i­lated with the knowl­edge of the open web would give the CERT the abil­ity pre­vent and pre­dict at­tacks. The NIC-CERT will op­er­ate in close co­or­di­na­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with sec­toral CERT’S and more so with ICERT, he said. The ini­tia­tive will lead to en­hanced trust of the cit­i­zens as the ser­vices of­fered to them would be con­fig­ured in a frame­work that is se­cure by de­sign, he said.

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