Indian Government Hardening Systems to make them more secure

Thursday, December 16, 2010

India has instructed government ministries and departments to get their websites certified for security, following the hacking of the website of the country’s top investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The country’s National Informatics Centre has been instructed to host websites only after the ministries and departments produce security certification of their websites, and show compliance with guidelines prescribed by the government, India’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said on Tuesday.

India’s Minister of State for Communications and IT, Sachin Pilot, held a meeting with key government officials to review the measures needed to enhance the security of the websites in particular and cyberspace in general.

The country’s ministries and departments have been instructed to audit their websites on regular basis, and whenever there are any major changes in the website applications.

The government’s Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has empanelled over 50 IT security auditors for auditing the infrastructure of these organizations. A crisis management plan prescribed by CERT-In provides instructions to prevent and deal with attacks on websites.

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