India developing national cybersecurity architecture

The nationwide system will be designed to protect core IT installations and networks from sabotage and espionage.
Written by Kevin Kwang, Contributor on

India is in the midst of developing and implementing a national cybersecurity architecture that is aimed at preventing sabotage and espionage of its core IT systems and networks.

In a report Monday, the Economic Times said that the system will protect critical information infrastructure and networks by monitoring activities, while designated government agencies will offer certification to vendors and service providers to provide additional safety measures.

"It will also involve capacity and authority for operations in cyberspace," said Shivshankar Menon, national security advisor for India, in the report.

"The goal is to prevent sabotage, espionage, and other forms of cyber attacks that could hurt us," he added.

Menon said that the National Security Council has approved the architecture in principle, and implementation details are being worked out with the ministries and agencies. Following this, it will take its proposal to the Cabinet for approval.

The creation of such a cybersecurity system follows the announcement of a five-year roadmap by the Indian government to revamp its online security apparatus for critical sectors in the country and meet the growing challenges of Web-based attacks.

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