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Indian Computer Emergency Response Team 

Context:

India’s cyber security watchdog CERT-In recently found “multiple vulnerabilities” in the popular Google Chrome operating system (OS), which can even bypass security on the targeted system.

Relevance:

GS III: Security Challenges

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About CERT-In
  2. Key Objectives

About CERT-In:

  • National Nodal Agency: CERT-In serves as the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents in India.
  • Affiliation: It operates as a functional organization under the Ministry of Information & Electronics Technology.
  • Objective: The primary objective of CERT-In is to secure Indian cyberspace.
  • Operational Since: CERT-In has been operational since January 2004.
  • Designation by IT Act (2000): The Information Technology Act of 2000 designates CERT-In as the national agency with specific functions in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Mandated Functions: Includes the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information on cyber incidents, issuing alerts, emergency measures, coordination of incident response, and providing guidelines and advisories.
  • Constituency: CERT-In’s constituency is the Indian cyber community and Indian cyberspace.
  • Service Recipients: CERT-In provides services to organizations in the Government, Public, and Private sectors, as well as to individuals and home users.
  • Information Disclosure: Disclosure of information follows Indian Constitutional laws.
  • Collaborations: CERT-In collaborates with organizations within and outside the country, law enforcement, academia, industry, service providers, research institutions, and individuals involved in cybersecurity.
Key Objectives:
  • Prevention: Preventing cyber attacks against the country’s cyberspace.
  • Response: Responding to cyber attacks and minimizing damage and recovery time.
  • Vulnerability Reduction: Reducing national vulnerability to cyber attacks.
  • Awareness Enhancement: Enhancing security awareness among common citizens.

-Source: Times of India


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