Cyber Security Initiative Put on Fast Track by National Security Adviser

In a bid to counter cyber attacks in economic and social infrastructure development...

Created On: Jul 20, 2013 18:02 ISTModified On: Jul 24, 2013 18:06 IST

In a bid to counter cyber attacks in economic and social infrastructure development, the Government of India on 19 July 2013, released the Guidelines for Protection of National Critical Information Infrastructure. These guidelines were placed in public domain.

The first version of the guidelines was released on 19 July 2013 by National Security Adviser, Shivshankar  Menon.

The detailed document was prepared by the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) that functions as a specialised unit under the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).

India’s new guidelines are an extension of a legislative recognition under the IT Act 2000.

Guidelines coverage
• In India, the guidelines would initially include information and communications, transportation, energy, finance, technology, law enforcement, security and law enforcement, Government, space and sensitive organizations.
• The guidelines present 40 controls for protection of critical information infrastructure across sectors. These are generic and guiding controls, with each individual sector being left to evolve their own sector-specific controls.
• Guidelines have been formulated through a multi-stakeholder Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of representatives from the Government, academia and private sector.
• Joint Working Group was created under the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO)
• The JWG held wide consultations with sector experts and regulators across the key sectors before finalising the guidelines.

The cyber-security initiative is unique since given the vast ownership of the private sector of networks, infrastructure and consumers in telecom, Internet, banking, civil aviation, energy and transport sectors.

All owners of different networks and users will need to actively collaborate with the NCIIPC, as well as participate to ensure effective implementation of the guidelines.

Facts and Figures
The Government figures revealed that India was the 10th most intensely cyber-attacked country in 2010-11. However in 2013 India stood second only to the U.S.
In India internet users and mobile phones are rising dramatically -from 202 million users in March 2010 to 412 million in
March 2011 and 485 million in March 2012.
According to 2013 figures, India is second only to China in the number of devices connected to the Net.


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