India to Establish Joint Working Group to Counter Cyber Attacks

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India to Establish Joint Working Group to Counter Cyber Attacks

Indian government will soon set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to engage the private sector for countering cyber attacks which has become so common in the country. Four pilot projects will be unleashed for the purpose. 

National security adviser, Mr. Shivshankar Menon released a JWG report on engaging the private sector to work on cyber security. He said that the four pilot projects will include setting up of a testing laboratory, a test audit, studying vulnerabilities of the critical information infrastructure and establishing a multi-disciplinary centre for excellence. He added that the permanent joint working group will deliver a roadmap for implementation of the recommendations of the group. 

The most recent incident was where social media was misused to spread communal hatred against the people of Assam and it showed the extent of damage caused by inefficient cyber security systems. According to Menon, this will be the biggest challenge that the government will face. A road map including institutional framework, capacity building, developing standards and testing facilities for IT products was recommended by JWG for public private partnership on cyber security

JWG also stressed on the need for setting up information analysis centers, promoting awareness among public, training law enforcement personnel in cyber crime probe and setting up a institute for cyber security professional for auditing and testing.JWG had previously set up 8 sub-panels consisting of private sector and government representatives for chalking out the route map for engaging private sector in cyber security implementation. 

According to Rajendra Pawar, former head of Nasscom, the collaboration is imperative and the quicker the progress, the better it will be for the nation. Special secretary in the external affairs ministry, Asoke Mukerji also stressed on the need for upgrading the national computer emergency response team.

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