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CERT-In issues “Guidelines on Information Security Practices” for Government Entities for Safe & Trusted Internet

Newdelhi:30/6/2 3:India’s digital landscape has witnessed tremendous growth, with over 80 crore Indians (Digital Nagriks) actively utilizing the Internet and cyberspace, making it one of the largest connected nations in the world. Citizens are increasingly relying on the Internet to cater to their daily requirements, including aspects such as business, education, finance, and availing digital government services.

Recognising the significance of a secure and trustworthy digital environment, the Government of India has formulated policies aimed at ensuring safe & trusted and secure cyber space for its users. It remains fully aware of the growing cyber threats and attacks present in today’s digital world.

To further address the goal of safe cyberspace, today the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has released guidelines on information security practices. These guidelines, issued under the powers conferred by clause (e) of sub-section (4) of section 70B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000), apply to all Ministries, Departments, Secretariats, and Offices specified in the First Schedule to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961, along with their attached and subordinate offices.

They also include all government institutions, public sector enterprises, and other government agencies under their administrative purview.

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “The Government has taken several initiatives to ensure safe & trusted and secure cyber space. We are expanding and accelerating on Cyber Security – with focus on capabilities, system, human resources and awareness.”

These guidelines are a roadmap for the Government entities and industry to reduce cyber risk, protect citizen data and continue to improve the cyber security ecosystem in the country. They will serve as a fundamental document for audit teams, including internal, external, and third-party auditors, to assess an organisation’s security posture against the specified cybersecurity requirements.

“The guidelines are an important part of our larger cybersecurity framework being built under the leadership of our PM Narendra Modi ji as India takes rapid strides towards $1 Trillion Digital Economy,” the minister added.

The guidelines include various security domains such as network security, identity and access management, application security, data security, third-party outsourcing, hardening procedures, security monitoring, incident management, and security auditing.

Apart from adhering to the best practices in the field they also include guidelines prepared by the National Informatics Centre for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and employees of Central Government Ministries/Departments to enhance cyber security and cyber hygiene.

These “Guidelines on Information Security Practices” for Government Entities for Safe & Trusted Internet are available at https://www.cert-in.org.in/guidelinesgovtentities.jsp

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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