At a time when cyber attacks are increasing, the government via its computer emergency response team (CERT-in) has launched new desktop and mobile security solutions for citizens called "Cyber Swachhta Kendra" for a secure cyber space in the country.
As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 44,679, 49,455 and 50,362 cyber security incidents were observed during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.
This new botnet and malware analysis plan is a part of the Government of India’s Digital India initiative under the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to create a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections in India and to notify, enable cleaning and securing systems of end users so as to prevent further infections.
"India today joined the distinguished club of countries that have malware-cleaning systems for the use of its citizens. As of now, we have 13 banks and internet service providers using this facility. With the expanding digital footprint in the country, I see a surge in start-ups in the area of cyber security by the end of the year. This centre will work in coordination with the internet service providers (ISPs) and Industry. This Kendra will also enhance awareness among citizens regarding botnet and malware infection along with measures to be taken to secure their devices," said Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
"The government will set up 10 more STQC (Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification) testing Facilities. Testing fee for any start-up that comes up with a digital technology in the quest of cyber security will be reduced by 50 per cent. We will also empower designated forensic labs to work as the certified authority to establish cyber crime," Prasad added.
“By the end of 2017, the IT ministry will come up with a new architecture that will allow it to work with state governments and sectoral CERTs under CERT-in to maintain stricter vigil on the country’s digital ecosystem,” Prasad said after launching the new website.
Given below are details of some of the tools released for citizens:
USB Pratirodh is a desktop security solution that controls the usage of removable storage media like pen drives, external hard drives and other USB-supported mass storage devices.
M-Kavach tool offers a comprehensive mobile device security solution for Android devices addressing threats related to mobile phones.
AppSamvid is a desktop solution which protects systems by allowing installation of genuine applications through white listing. This helps in preventing threats from malicious applications.
The move comes at a time when over 50,300 cybersecurity incidents like phishing, website intrusions and defacements, virus and denial of service attacks have been observed in the country during 2016.
These are the following main announcement that Hon’ble Minister made at the launch of Cyber Swachhta Kendra:
For downloading the free bot & malware removal tools, please visit: (www.cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in)