Centre plans stronger defences for key data

Worried about sensitive information making its way into the Internet, the Home Ministry is upgrading policy to secure government data and control access to it.

A senior Ministry official said that earlier the files were locked in a cupboard and accountability could be fixed, but with the advent of Digital India, a number of issues were in a grey area.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who recently presided over a meeting to review the evolving cyber threats, directed that the National Information Security Policy and Guidelines (NISPG) be upgraded and updated for the government sector.

In 2013, cybersecurity, which was the sole preserve of the Home Ministry, was moved to the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) under the Prime Minister’s Office. The critical infrastructure was moved to the National Technical Research Organization and the non-critical part to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

An official said the new policy would cover issues pertaining to the Official Secrets Act.

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