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Cyber security mechanism soon: NSA

delhi Updated: May 16, 2012 23:18 IST
HT Correspondent

National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon on Wednesday said the government is in the final stages of preparing a 'whole of government' cyber security architecture.

While releasing the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses' (IDSA) report on India's Cyber Security Challenges, Menon said during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, more than 8,000 attacks were mounted on cyber structures associated with it.

He said the country needs to harden its critical networks and develop metrics to certify and assure that critical cyber networks, equipment and infrastructure are secure.

"We putting in place capabilities and systems to deal with new world of constant and undeclared cyber threat, attack, counter-attack and defence," added the NSA.

Cherian Samuel, a member of the task force that prepared the report told HT that most of the cyber attacks during the Commonwealth Games were on its timing, scoring and result system and ticketing network. But fortunately, the systems could not be penetrated.

The IDSA's report has recommended that the country needs to have a cyber command to deal with the threat. It has also proposed coordination structure for cyber and information war (CIW) by establishing a CIW board with the NSA as its chairman.