First NIC-CERT Launched by MeitY to Prevent, Predict Cyberattacks on Government Utilities (Download PDF)

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The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre (NIC) to prevent and predict cyber-attacks on government utilities.

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NIC-CERT

  • NIC-CERT is designed for early detection and mitigation of cyberattacks on government networks.
  • Tasked with creating comprehensive framework integrating excellent security components and inbuilt threat intelligence for detection, prevention, and incident response.
  • Provide coordination and collaboration with other sectoral CERTs and CERT-In.
  • NIC-CERT will have advanced tools to correlate events generating canvas of attack surface and identify vulnerabilities and possible exploits.

Background

  • Government as part of its Digital India initiative offers several online services and collects important citizen data like “Aadhar” biometrics.

  • Such valuable data is exposed to threats and vulnerabilities inherent in cyberspace.

  • The government had already announced setting up of sectoral CERTs (computer emergency response teams) for sectors such as finance and power.

National Informatics Centre (NIC)

  • The NIC (Rashtriya Suchna Vigyan Kendra) is premier science & technology organisation of Government in informatics services and information and communication technology (ICT) applications.

  • Part of MeitY’s Department of Electronics & Information Technology.

  • Established in 1976.

  • Plays a pivotal role in steering e-governance applications in governmental departments at national, state and district levels enabling improvement and wider transparency in government services.

  • Almost all Indian-government websites and many applications are developed and managed by NIC.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 31, 2017

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