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New Delhi : Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on December 11, 2017, inaugurated the “NIC- CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team)”, a setup of National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, to detect and prevent incidents of cyber attacks.
Prasad said that as part of its Digital India initiatives, the Government has introduced a lot of its services online. Although this has made services very accessible to the citizens, it has also exposed them to the threats and vulnerabilities which are an inherent part of cyberspace. He mentioned that in the recent past there has been an exponential growth in cyber attacks leading to concerns of data theft which led to the Government drafting the Data Protection Act. As Internet with its ever expanding canvas of opportunities is touching the life’s of people, it necessitates the requirement to upscale the existing security infrastructure, he said, according to a PIB release.
He stated that NIC has been doing remarkable job of securing the Government cyberspace for a long time and by setting up this centre they have taken their experience and expertise to the next level. He emphasised that for responding to the cyber attacks, the Government needs an agile and responsive eco-system. 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 the tools the team will correlate events that would help generate 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 to prevent and predict attacks, Prasad added.
NIC’s PAN-India connectivity and reach is one of its key strengths and this coupled with its enhanced ability to detect and prevent attacks would collectively upscale the Government’s ability to protect its data, according to a PIB release.

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