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New cyber security guidelines

Recently, the central government has issued new guidelines on cyber security.

These guidelines have been issued by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN). These have been issued under Section 70B of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000. These guidelines pertain to information security practices and reporting of cyber incidents.

According to CERT-IN, there has been a three-fold increase in cyber incidents in the year 2020 as compared to the year 2019. A total of 11.8 lakh cases of cyber security breaches were registered in the year 2020.

Key Guidelines-

  • All government and private agencies must mandatorily report all cyber breach incidents to CERT-IN within six hours.
  • All service providers, intermediaries, data centers and government organizations must mandatorily activate all their communication and information technology (ICT) system logs.
  • These must securely retain the logs for a rolling period of 180
  • Also, these logs have to be maintained in Indian jurisdiction.
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS) providers and cloud service providers are required to enter accurate information regarding customer names, customer recruitment services, etc.
  • Also, this information has to be kept secure for a period of five years or more as mandated by law.
  • This is an important step towards making India cyber secure. India has improved 37 places to 10th position in the Global Cyber ​​Security Index (GCI) The improvement in the ranking reflects India’s commitment to cyber security.

Steps taken to improve cyber security

  • National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 has been released.
  • National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 has been prepared.
  • The Union Home Ministry has set up the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center (14C).
  • National Cyber Coordination Center (NCCC) has been established under CERT-IN.

Source – The Hindu

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