Indian govt launches National Cyber Security Policy

New Delhi/July 2
Indian government on Tuesday announced National Cyber Security Policy to protect information such as personal information, financial/banking information and sovereign data.
Indian Communications and IT minister kapil Sibal after releasing the National Cyber Security Policy, said that the policy should be seen as about protecting of information, such as personal information, financial/banking information and sovereign data.
“Information empowers and in order to empower people with information, we need to secure the information/data,” Sibal said, while stressing the need to distinguish between data which can freely flow and data which needs to be protected.
Sibal pointed out that the real challenge is in the operationalisation of this policy and the government, through incentives and subsidies will need to support Small and Medium Enterprises for accessing the technology to make their systems safe.
He also called on businesses to set aside finances for keeping themselves safe in cyber space.
The “National Cyber Security Policy” has been prepared in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, user entities and public.

• This policy aims at facilitating creation of secure computing environment and enabling adequate trust and confidence in electronic transactions and also guiding stakeholders actions for protection of cyber space.

• The National Cyber Security Policy document outlines a road-map to create a framework for comprehensive, collaborative and collective response to deal with the issue of cyber security at all levels within the country.

• The policy recognises the need for objectives and strategies that need to be adopted both at the national level as well as international level.

• The objectives and strategies outlined in the National Cyber Security Policy together serve as a means to:

i. Articulate our concerns, understanding, priorities for action as well as directed efforts.

ii. Provide confidence and reasonable assurance to all stakeholders in the country (Government, business, industry and general public) and global community, about the safety, resiliency and security of cyber space.

iii. Adopt a suitable posturing that can signal our resolve to make determined efforts to effectively monitor, deter & deal with cyber crime and cyber attacks.

Salient features of the policy

In brief, the National Cyber Security Policy covers the following aspects:

• A vision and mission statement aimed at building a secure and resilience cyber space for citizens, businesses and Government.

• Enabling goals aimed at reducing national vulnerability to cyber attacks, preventing cyber attacks & cyber crimes, minimising response & recover time and effective cyber crime investigation and prosecution.

• Focused actions at the level of Govt., public-private partnership arrangements, cyber security related technology actions, protection of critical information infrastructure and national alerts and advice mechanism, awareness & capacity building and promoting information sharing and cooperation.

• Enhancing cooperation and coordination between all the stakeholder entities within the country.

• Objectives and strategies in support of the National cyber security vision and mission.

• Framework and initiatives that can be pursued at the Govt. level, sectoral levels as well as in public private partnership mode.

• Facilitating monitoring key trends at the national level such as trends in cyber security compliance, cyber attacks, cyber crime and cyber infrastructure growth.