Govt to Strengthen Cyber Security as Digital Transactions Go Up
Country’s apex cyberspace intelligence agency to become functional in June
In wake of the unprecedented rise in the digital transactions in the country, the government is fast tracking its efforts to build a robust cyber security ecosystem. The country’s apex cyberspace intelligence agency, the National Cybersecurity Coordination Centre (NCCC), will become functional in June this year while sector-specific computer emergency response teams (CERT) for industries such as power, communications etc, will also be created, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for electronics and IT said on Tuesday.
Prasad was speaking at the launch of the Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre called the Cyber Swachhta Kendra, which will help individuals and organisations in analysis of malware and botnets that affect networks and systems. Prasad said that India is on the path of becoming a one trillion-dollar digital economy over the coming years and will need to have strong cybersecurity to facilitate it.
Prasad also said that while the ministry has already launched a division for digital payments under CERT and a financial CERT is also being set up, states will also be encouraged to set up their own CERTs. Among other measures announced were 10 more Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) facilities to be set up and the testing fee for any startup that comes up with a digital technology in the area of cyber security to be reduced by 50%.
Prasad also said that designated forensic labs will be empowered to work as the certified authority to establish cyber crime.
“India today joined the distinguished club of countries that have malware-clea- ning systems for the use of its citizens. As of now, we have13 banks and internet service providers using this facility. With the expanding digital footprint in the country, I see a surge in startups in the area of cyber security by the end of the year,” Prasad said.
As of now 58 internet service providers and 13 banks have come on board to use this system. “The project has budget outlay of .₹ 90 crore spread over period of 5 years,” CERT-In Director General Sanjay Bahl said. “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.