Govt announces first ever cyber security policy

To build a secure and resilient cyber space for citizens, businesses and government


Pratap Vikram Singh | July 2, 2013

The government launched the national cyber security policy (NCSP) 2013 today.

"This is a framework document about what our vision and strategy on cyber security," union communications and information technology minister Kapil Sibal said, adding that the real task is to operationalise the policy.

Commenting on the increasing dependence of commerce on information and communication technology, he said, "Today, the goods are delivered physically but the services are provided in the cyber world," he said.

Stressing on the need for a secured cyber space, he said, if businesses are creating intellectual property, which is at the heart of commerce, it needs to be protected. The business data, which is integral to planning and implementation strategy, needs to be safegaurded, he said.  This way cyber security is directly linked with country's economic security, he noted.

He also urged businesses to set aside finances for keeping themselves safe in cyber space, even as the security cost may make the businesses (small and medium scale) non-competitive.

He also stressed on the need for indigenous manufacturing and processing of chips and other equipments, as chips made elsewhere run the risk of being bugged by software. He said that there is a need to check the induction of malware in the supply chain.

The vision of NCSP 2013 is "to build a secure and resilient cyber space for citizens, businesses and government"

A few aspects of the the policy includes "reducing national vulnerability to cyber attacks, preventing cyber attacks and cyber crimes, minimising response and recover time and effective cyber crime investigation and prosecution".

The policy also calls for focused actions at the level of government, public-private partnership arrangements and cyber security related technology actions. It also talks about protection of critical information infrastructure, national alerts, capacity building and promoting information sharing and cooperation.

The NCSP also aims to enhance cooperation and coordination between all the stakeholder entities within the country.



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