Officials shouldn’t connect phones to office computers, ministries told

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: May 27, 2016 07:11 IST

NEW DELHI: Vulnerabilities posed by devices have made the government crack down on officials handling sensitive information using smart phones at work.

“As smart phones are increasingly becoming prone to data theft and hacking, the government has warned all ministries and departments to be careful with their use,” said a senior government official requesting anonymity.

Sources said all departments have been told that smart devices or phones should not be connected to any government computer network even for charging. “Malwares and certain applications can make smart phone a spying device therefore one has to be very careful about them,” said the official.

The issue was discussed at a two-day conference on strengthening the country’s cyber security network that concluded on Thursday. Such devices should not be brought for sensitive meetings or briefings. Even sensitive conversations should not allowed on them.

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