With the increasing number of hacks and security breaches on Government websites, the Ministry of Communications has now decided to establish a multi stakeholder Cyber Coordination Centre, which will detect malicious cyber activities in the Indian Cyber space and issue early warning alerts.
As per records, 133 Government websites were hacked during January to March this year. A total of 92, 204 and 248 Government websites were hacked in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.
According to Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications, ‘such alerts will facilitate mitigation of cyber attacks with coordinated efforts of all stakeholders in Government, academia and Industry.’
The decision also comes in the wake of the Norton Cyber Crime Report 2011 that said about $4 billion were lost due to cyber crime in India compared to $114 billion world-wide.
In the past few years the Government has been actively working towards curbing cyber attacks and have introduced quite a few measures on the same lines. These include the setting up of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) that provides early warning and response to cyber security incidents, collaboration at national and international level for information sharing and mitigation of cyber attacks, conducting security mock drills, workshops & training programs on regular basis to enhance security posture of infrastructure and awareness and security audit of their information technology infrastructure regularly to ensure robustness of Government systems, among others.