April 2012

Information Security in Government

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Sanjiv Mital, CEO, National Institute of Smart Governance, Government of India

As more and more data moves from the physical to electronic form, suddenly the need for security becomes very critical and different challenges come in.  The Ministry of Home Affairs has a large number of documents with various classification as secret, top secret, confidential, restricted, regular etc. There are in all five categories and for all these documents they have different security policy. The policy governs handling, access and also procedure to be followed for destroying the document. However, there are as of now no such guidelines for information security. At a time when all documents are being prepared on computer, the absence of such policy seriously threatens security.

We are presently talking with the Ministry of Home Affairs for developing a manual on information security so that the security classification can be enforced in the electronic sphere as well. There is a need for using secure servers for creating and storing documents in place of workstations. These and a number of other elements are presently being considered as information security is becoming a mainstream concern.

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