The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre (NIC) to prevent and predict cyber-attacks on government utilities.
It was launched by Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi as part of Digital India Initiative.
The NIC-CERT will monitor and help in early detection and mitigation of cyberattacks on government networks.
It has been setup with objective of creating comprehensive framework that integrates world class security components and inbuilt threat intelligence for detection, prevention and incident response.
It will operate in close co-ordination and collaboration with other sectoral CERTs and more so with CERT-In.
The government had already announced setting up of sectoral CERTs (computer emergency response teams) for sectors such as finance and power.
National Informatics Centre (NIC):
The NIC (Rashtriya Suchna Vigyan Kendra) is premier science & technology organisation of Government in informatics services and information and communication technology (ICT) applications.
It is a part of MeitY’s Department of Electronics & Information Technology.
It was established in 1976.
It plays a pivotal role in steering e-governance applications in governmental departments at national, state and district levels, thus enabling improvement and wider transparency in government services.
Almost all Indian-government websites are developed and managed by NIC.