A scanning agency called ‘National Cyber Coordination Centre’ is being set-up by the government to monitor all web traffic passing through Internet service providers in the country. The scanning agency will issue ‘actionable alerts’ to government departments in cases of perceived security threats.
The move to set up a new agency comes in view of the fact that the government has been unable to prevent many terror attacks, as it does not have a credible internet scanning system.
The minutes of a meeting held on February 3, 2012, at the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office, show that the National Cyber Coordination Centre will ‘also scan cyber traffic flowing at the point of entry and exit at India’s international internet gateways.’
The web scanning centre will provide ‘actionable alerts for proactive actions’ to be taken by government departments.
Now all the government departments are supposed to talk to the Internet Service Providers such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communication, BSNL, MTNL and Tata Communications through NCCC for real time information and data on threats.
According to sources, government is planning to invest about Rs 800 crore in the set-up. All tweets, messages, emails, status updates and even email drafts will now pass through the new scanning centre. The centre may probe further into any email or social media account if it finds a perceived threat.