GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
(DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1140
ANSWERED ON AUGUST 16, 2013
Policy to Address Cyber Security
1140. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to State:
(a) whether Government has recently announced a policy to address the increasing cyber security threats in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof including the proposed structure of the agencies that would be set up as a part of this policy; and
(c) how these bodies would coordinate with the existing multiple agencies that are required to counter this threat including local law enforcement agencies?
MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI MILIND DEORA)
(a) and (b): Yes, Sir In order to address the issues of cyber security in a holistic manner, the Government has released the “National Cyber Security Policy-2013" on 02.07.2013, for public use and implementation by all relevant stakeholders.
This policy has been prepared after consultation with all relevant stakeholders, user entities and public. The objective of the policy is 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 aims to facilitate creation of secure computing environment and enabling adequate trust and confidence in electronic transactions and also guiding stakeholders’ actions for protection or cyber space.
The policy is expected to serve as a long-term template for continuous evolution, guided actions and measurement of effectiveness of such actions. The objective and strategies outlined in the policy together serve as a means to:
The policy provides for the following:
(c): For the purposes of effective coordination the policy provides to designate a National nodal agency to coordinate all matters related to cyber security in the country with clearly defined roles & responsibilities. In this direction, Government has approved a Framework for Enhancing Cyber Security, which envisages a multi-layered approach for ensuring defence-in-depth with clear demarcation of responsibilities among the stakeholder organizations in the country. National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) has been mandated to coordinate the cyber security related activities among the stakeholder organizations in the country.