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Government Releases National Cyber Security Policy

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Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and IT released the National Cyber Security Policy. He underlined that this policy should be seen as about protecting of information, such as personal information, financial/banking information, sovereign data etc.

He said that information empowers, and in order to empower people with information, we need to secure the information. He also flagged the need to distinguish between data which can freely flow and data which needs to be protected.

Sibal pointed out that the real challenge is in the operationalisation of this policy. He also stated that the government, through incentives and subsidies will need to support Small and Medium Enterprises for accessing the technology to make their systems safe.

The “National Cyber Security Policy” has been prepared in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, user entities and public.

The new policy aims at facilitating creation of secure computing environment and enabling adequate trust and confidence in electronic transactions and also guiding stakeholder’s actions for protection of cyber space.

The National Cyber Security Policy document outlines a road-map to create a framework for comprehensive, collaborative and collective response to deal with the issue of cyber security at all levels within the country.

It recognises the need for objectives and strategies that need to be adopted both at the national level as well as international level.  It aims at building a secure and resilience cyber space for citizens, businesses and Government.

Enabling goals aimed at reducing national vulnerability to cyber attacks, preventing cyber attacks & cyber crimes, minimising response & recover time and effective cyber crime investigation and prosecution.

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