Digitisation has made services accessible but it has exposed them to cyberthreats also: Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said though digitisation has brought in exposure to a majority of the people, it has also exposed them to cyberthreats and vulnerabilities.

File image of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

File image of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

"As part of its Digital India initiatives, the government has introduced a lot of its services online. Although this has made services very accessible to the citizens, it has also exposed them to the threats and vulnerabilities which are an inherent part of cyberspace," the minister said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the "NIC-CERT", a setup of National Informatics Centre.

He mentioned that in the recent past there has been an exponential growth in cyberattacks leading to concerns of data theft which led to the government drafting the Data Protection Act.

"As internet with its ever-expanding canvas of opportunities is touching the life's of people, it necessitates the requirement to upscale the existing security infrastructure," he added.

The NIC-CERT has been setup with the objective of creating a comprehensive framework that integrates world class security components and inbuilt threat intelligence for detection, prevention and incident response.

Using the tools the team will correlate events that would help in generating a canvas of the attack surface and identify the vulnerabilities and possible exploits. The gathered intelligence assimilated with the knowledge of the open web would give the CERT the ability prevent and predict attacks, Prasad said.


Published Date: Dec 11, 2017 20:21 PM | Updated Date: Dec 11, 2017 20:21 PM