Indian Telecom Sector To Have Separate CERT

By Sreyasi De 31-Mar-2018

Indian Telecommunication networks is very prone to everyday increasing cyber-attack and to protect them, center is working to set up Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). The spoken CERT will be working across the telecom networks along the lines of the Finance Ministry. An official from the Department of Telecom has ensured the same in a recent press conference. The CERT will be providing real-time information about any upcoming cyber threat to the network stakeholders beforehand so that they can take proper action in time. Presently national nodal agency under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) have a CERT-In to respond against computer security incidents. The new said CERT will be also functioning under the MeitY for proper coordination as conformed by the Department of Telecom official. This step has been taken as The Department of Telecom now realizing the need of setting up an exclusive CERT-In due to increasing internet penetration and proliferation into telecom networks through smartphone devices. As per CERT-In data, in 2016 India has reported a total 50,362 cybersecurity incidents and 49,455 incidents in 2015. This CERT will not only work against phishing, website and malicious codes or ransomware but will enhance the total security system.

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