The first phase of the National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC), set up to scan the country's web traffic to detect cyber security threats, has been made operational now, Parliament was informed today.
NCCC scans internet traffic coming into the country to detect real-time cyber threat and alert various organisations as well as internet service providers for timely action. The government has also made operational botnet and malware cleaning centre that will detect malicious software in devices of citizens and clean them.
"The Government has proposed to set up National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC). Phase-I of NCCC has been made operational," Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary said in a reply to the Lok Sabha today. "The Centre will scan the cyberspace in the country for cyber security threats at metadata level to generate situational awareness," he said.
NCCC, a multi-stakeholder body, will be implemented by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The Centre derives necessary powers as per provisions of section 69B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Rules notified thereunder, the minister said.
Last year, at the Economic Editor's Conference, citing at the need for formation of the NCCC, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said, "We are preparing for bloodless war, by strengthening cyber security measures."