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Coming this week,policy on cyber security

To create workforce of 5 lakh professionals

With the number of cyber attacks showing a steep rise in the country,the government is set to announce the National Cyber Security Policy this week. The policy envisages periodic review of legislations to meet the challenges from technology upgradation,a think-tank for cyber security policy inputs,greater private participation and international co-operation in the area of cyber security.

The policy,a copy of which has been accessed by The Sunday Express,proposes to develop bilateral and multi-lateral ties to enhance global cooperation among security agencies,law enforcement agencies and judicial system.

The policy aims at creating a workforce of five lakh professionals and build cyber security training infrastructure across the country through public-private participation.

It comes at a time when massive snooping by the US globally has been exposed and the country is facing an ever-increasing threats from cyber attacks. According to available data,India witnessed 13,000 cyber attacks in 2011. In July 2012,about 10,000 email ids of top government officials were targeted on a single day. Besides,researchers have identified Indian footprint in global cyber attacks,including the $45 million ATM fraud.

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According to the policy,a National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre will work around-the-clock to protect critical infrastructure,and designate a national nodal agency to coordinate all matters related to cyber security.

In addition,to increase the private participation,the policy suggests “to encourage all organisations,private and public,to designate a member of senior management as chief information security officer responsible for cyber security efforts and initiatives”.

The policy recommends a “dynamic legal framework and its periodic review” to address challenges arising out of technology advancement related to encrypted services and social media. It also suggests to mandate periodic audit and evaluation of security of information infrastructure.

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A national-level computer emergency response team is to function as nodal agency for threat warning,vulnerability management and response to security threats.

First published on: 30-06-2013 at 01:17:04 am
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