New policy mulls master switch to fence cyber world
The draft note for the Cabinet Committee on Security - framed after incorporating views of the National Security Advisor, Home Minister, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister, the PM's Office and others - suggests a "Safe to Connect" policy where all telecom network elements would be put into the network only after these have been certified and authorised by a National Telecom Security Certifying Organisation.
"Enterprises would have to adopt a little flexible approach in building their network security policies in such a way that part of the network in the geographical boundary of the country follows the security requirements mandated or derived from this policy," says the policy drafted by the Department of Telecommunications on August 3.
For international networks, it suggests that "appropriate protection measures would be required to be taken at the ingress points, including creation of isolation points which can be made operational at the time of need".
Telecom networks would be continuously monitored for intrusions, attacks and frauds for which "necessary facilities" would be set up by the telecom service providers and government. A conducive environment would be created which would help the vendors to set up "their remote access in the country".
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