Government arms public with tools & apps to tackle cyber threats

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New Delhi | Published: February 22, 2017 5:52:12 AM

The ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) via its computer emergency response team (CERT-in) on Tuesday launched desktop tools and mobile applications for citizens to tackle cyber security.

MeitY minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said combating cyber threats is not something that can be done just by the government or an organisation or an individual alone. (Reuters)

The ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) via its computer emergency response team (CERT-in) on Tuesday launched desktop tools and mobile applications for citizens to tackle cyber security. The new tools, which are developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) includes white-listing software AppSamvid, USB Pratirodh tool to control unauthorised usage of portable USB storage devices, and mobile device security app M-Kavach. Besides this, the government has also launched the Cyber Swachhta Kendra — Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre for analysis of malware and botnets that affect networks and systems — which is operated by CERT-In. Whenever an infection is detected, the central government will send alerts on the infected IP addresses to the Internet Service Providers, who in turn will inform the end-user about the malware and botnet infections on their system.

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MeitY minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said combating cyber threats is not something that can be done just by the government or an organisation or an individual alone.

“It requires a partnership approach. This centre being launched today will work in coordination with Internet Service Providers and product/anti-virus companies, academia and banks,” he added.

The minister also told that 13 banks & ISPs are already using the facility.

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