Proposal for setting up Telecom Security Directorate mooted

PTI New Delhi | Updated on August 04, 2013 Published on August 04, 2013

In the wake of vulnerability of the telecom network at the hand of hackers, a proposal for setting up Telecom Security Directorate (TSD) has been mooted to ensure a coherent organisational structure for tackling cyber threats.

A document has been moved by the Department of Telecom (DoT) which reasons that such an organisation was the “need of the hour” as it is observed that departments of many ministries were dealing in network security “in bits and pieces“.

The note said many organisations like Intelligence Bureau, DoT, National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), Telecom Enforcement Resources and Monitoring (TERM), National Security Council Secretariat, Department of Information Technology (DeitY) and others were working in ensuring safety of telecom network of the country.

“However, main coordination work and the work related to security policies and project execution is being done by security unit, which is not well structured to deal with all the works that need to be carried.

“Secondly, the constrained by administrative and financial powers, which are must for operating a unit effectively. Hence there is an urgent need to create TSD,” the note signed by DoT Deputy Director General Ram Narian said.

The note has been sent to Telecom Commission for approval or sending it to Union Cabinet with its recommendation in case the Commission did not have powers to approve.

The DoT note reasoned that the most of the economic activities of a nation depended upon telecom infrastructure of the nation. “Inimical forces could bring down the economic activities of a country to halt in short moment from anywhere in the world,” the note said and gave an example of Estonia, a country in North Europe, which faced a similar attack in 2007.

Published on August 04, 2013
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