Digital India initiative
Government of India will be setting up a centers that will be able to detect malicious programs and botnets and help device owners to remove harmful software for free. It is a part of Narendra Modi government’s ambitious plan “Digital India”.
IT secretary R S Sharma in a press meet said that Government will be setting up ‘botnet’ cleaning and malware analysis centre within three months. The facility will automatically detect botnets that trigger various cyber crimes and suggest the device owner to remove it from their device with help of the facility.
Botnet is a network of malicious software that can remotely gain control of devices, steal information and carry out cyber attacks like Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) that prevent access of websites. The facility will be set up at cost of 100 crores under guidance of national cyber security watchdog Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) . Government will be taking support of Internet service providers(ISP’s) to execute it. The users will be notified by ISP’s about the presence of Botnet’s. Users need to download a software from CERT’s website to counter Botnet attack. As a part of digital initiative government decided to ban email services of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft for official communications. The policy aims to bring 5 million government officials at a cost of 98.2 crores under email service of NIC.
Government also launched digital locker. Citizens can store all official documents like Pan card, X class certificates, College certificates in digital locker and can share them on email. The certificates uploaded in digital locker can only have a size limit to maximum of 10MB.