Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad has inaugurated India’s first ever NIC-CERT centre to prevent & predict cyber attacks on government utilities.
Centre set up by the National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, was inaugurated on December 11.
“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,” said minister.
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.
“As part of 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,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad speaking at the inauguration.
He also spoke about exponential growth in cyber attacks leading to concerns of data theft which led to the Government drafting the Data protection Act.