Draft cybersecurity strategy has been formulated: Centre


A draft National Cyber Security Strategy has been formulated to address the issue of security of national cyberspace. Image for representational purpose only.

A draft National Cyber Security Strategy has been formulated to address the issue of security of national cyberspace. Image for representational purpose only.
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The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) has formulated a draft National Cyber Security Strategy, which holistically looks at addressing the issue of security of national cyberspace, said the government in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Responding to a query from Lok Sabha members Rajveer Singh and Sukanta Majumdar raised in the wake of recent cyber attacks, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said the NSCS had formulated a draft strategy. However, the timeline for its implementation and other details were not mentioned.

To a question whether the government had taken any steps to mitigate citizens’ vulnerability to cyber attacks, the Minister said its policies were aimed at ensuring an open, safe, trusted and accountable Internet for the users. Listing the measures being taken, the written reply said: “The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and countermeasures to protect computers and networks on an ongoing basis”.

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Security tips have been published for users to secure their desktops and mobile phones and to prevent phishing attacks. CERT-In operates the Cyber Swachhta Kendra (Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre) “to detect malicious programmes and free tools to remove the same, and to provide cyber security tips and best practices for citizens and organisations”, it said.

“The organisation regularly disseminates information and shares tips on cyber safety and security through its official social media handles and websites. CERT-In and the Reserve Bank of India [RBI] jointly carry out a cyber security awareness campaign on ‘Beware and be aware of financial frauds’ through the Digital India Platform. The Ministry also carries out awareness programmes,” the reply added.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has been designated as the nodal…

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