The government of India has directed all ministries and departments to submit a quarterly report on cyber security to the Intelligence Bureau in order to ensure that vital information stored in computers does not fall into wrong hands.
The theft of hard drives from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) offices of the Scientific Analyses Group (SAG) and the Institute for System Studies and Analyses (ISSA) as well as the leakage in the War Room of the naval headquarters have provided the spur, official sources said. A trained network administrator will strictly monitor the security of passwords, the use of flash drives and floppies for computer servers used for classified applications. The implementation of this move will begin in October. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has himself called upon government departments and the IT industry to work together to tighten cyber security laws.