Govt Launches 'Cyber Swachhta Kendra' To Prevent Cyber Attack
As online transactions are reaching its peak in India, cyber attacks are also becoming rampant. Keeping this in mind, the government through its Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) launched a free anti-virus project to secure the country’s cyber space.
Launched under the name ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’, the project will cost Indian government Rs 90 crore and will be spread over a period of five years. The anti-virus and anti-malware tools will disinfect systems, so users can browse and transact online safely. By providing the anti-virus tool for free, there is a better chance at convincing users to get on board with this initiative, according to a source.
The new solution will notify, enable cleaning and secure systems of end-users to prevent further infections. Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted on Tuesday: “Launched ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ (Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre), an important milestone in various initiatives taken on Cyber Security.”
India needs a strong cybersecurity mechanism, especially at a time when the country is investing heavily in digitization. With the rise of digitization, the scope for cybercrimes increases. There has been a steady increase in the cyber security incidents from 2014 to 2016.
As a part of the cybersecurity measure, the government launched dedicated tools such as USB Pratirodh, which controls usage of removable storage devices like USBs and pen drives, M-Kavach for mobile device security, AppSamvid, which protects systems by allowing only genuine apps to get downloaded.
According to CERT-In, a total number of 44,679, 49,455 and 50,362 cyber security incidents were observed during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha earlier this month, as reported by IANS .
The Cyber Swachhta Kendra is part of the government of India’s Digital India initiative under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The Cyber Swachhta Kendra complies with the objectives of the National Cyber Security Policy which aims at creating a secure cyber ecosystem in the country. The botnet and malware cleaning analysis centre was announced in 2015 with an outlay of Rs 100 crore, as per the agency report.
According to the new website of the analysis centre, it will operate in close coordination and collaboration with internet service providers and antivirus companies.
“With the increased penetration of ICT infrastructure in our country, the threat of cyber security has become more serious and visible. There is a need to collaborate and come forth with solutions like the Cyber Swachhta Kendra in order to ensure a safe and secure cyber world for the citizens,” said Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, MeitY.[With inputs from the agency]
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