MoS for electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said that as per CERT-In, 3,94,499, 11,58,208 cyber security incidents were reported in 2019 and 2020 respectively. (PTI photo)
NEW DELHI: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), mandated to track and monitor cyber security incidents in India, reported 6,07,220 such cases till June 2021, MoS for electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, informed the Parliament on Wednesday.
He said that as per CERT-In, 3,94,499, 11,58,208 such incidents were reported in 2019 and 2020 respectively. “CERT-In has reported that a total number of 3,94,499, 11,58,208 and 6,07,220 cyber security incidents were observed in 2019, 2020 and 2021 (till June), respectively,” he said.
Measures taken by government
The minister said that the government has taken a number of measures to enhance the cyber security posture and prevent cyber attacks. “CERT-In has issued alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats and vulnerabilities, and counter-measures to protect computers, networks and data,” he said.
Chandrasekhar also said that the government has formulated a draft National Cyber Security Strategy 2021 (NCSS2021), which aims at addressing issues of security of national cyberspace.
Funds allocated for boosting cyber security
He said that Rs 85 crore has been allocated by the electronics and IT ministry for strengthening cyber security in 2015-16, adding that the fund was increased to Rs 70 crore in 2016-17, Rs 140.48 crore in 2017-18, Rs 150 crore in 2018-19, Rs 162 crore in 2019-20, Rs 310 crore in 2020-21 and Rs 416 crore in 2021-22.
Rules, complaints and solution
Responding to a question, Chandrasekhar said there is no proposal with the ministry to review the IT intermediary rules, which have been introduced to ensure accountability of digital platforms to users and prescribe due dligence to be followed by large social media intermediaries.
Chandrasekhar, responding to another question, said his ministry has received complaints regarding the “misuse” of certain sites for online prostitution.
He also said that the National Informatics Centre has developed an indigenous solution ‘Sandes‘, which is an “open source-based, secure, cloud-enabled platform hosted on government infrastructure so that the strategic control remains with the government”.
“The solution is being used by the government and is available at Google Play Store and App Store,” Chandrasekhar further said.