Cyber Security – CERTs, Policy, etc

Govt. to set up apex cybercrime coordination centre


Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media & social networking sites in internal security challenges,

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C)

Mains level: Cybersecurity and issues related to it

I4C to be set up

  1. Union Home Ministry is planning to set up an apex coordination centre to deal with cyber crimes such as financial frauds, circulation of communal and pornographic contents
  2. The apex centre — Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) — would be set up in Delhi
  3. The Ministry has already created a new wing — Cyber and Information Security Division — to deal with cyber crimes and related issues

Working of I4C

  1. It would coordinate with State governments and Union Territories, and closely monitor the cyberspace and social media with due emphasis on vernacular content
  2. The centre would also block those websites which flout India’s laws and circulate child porn, and communally and racially sensitive content
  3. The centre would maintain a list of suspects
  4. The leads generated during investigations in cybercrime cases would be shared with law enforcement agencies through a “secured internal network”

Why such move?

  1. The move came in the wake of 1,44,496 cybersecurity attacks observed in the country during 2014-16
  2. Over a period of time, there has been a phenomenal increase in use of computers, smartphones and internet
  3. With this increase, cybercrimes have emerged as a major challenge for law enforcement agencies

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