To deliver faster results to consumers with regard to malware, the Centre has recently sent guidelines to Internet service providers (ISPs) to improve cyber hygiene and has also stated that Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre should share information on a daily basis to notify any infection.

ISPs should trace users of infected IP addresses under their control and send notification to such users within 72 hours, the guidelines say.

The information will be shared based on the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), and ISPs would trace users of such IP addresses under their control, send notification to such users within that timeframe and take remedial measures as suggested, government sources told BusinessLine .

“The instructions have been sent to all ISPs with special instructions for the banking sector. ISPs and the banking sector have been told to upgrade their software for detection of malware at the earliest so that Botnet can download tools to remove bots at the earliest,” a senior official at the Ministry of IT said.

The official said after the cashless transactions drive by the government since November, these special instructions were needed for the banking systems that are the most vulnerable.

A Botnet is a private network of computers that can harm or attack any network with malicious software even from a remote area.

As per the guidelines, ISPs shall deploy necessary systems and processes to process the information received from CERT-In and sending notifications to their customers (users). Such methods can detect and delete any malware at the earliest, the official said.

To strengthen cyber security, MeitY had recently approved 26 new posts in CERT-In and five State CERTs, undertaking a massive programme to create awareness among the administrative machinery so that information is passed on to citizens.

In November, a national cyber coordination centre was set up to provide real-time situational awareness and rapid response with ₹985 crore. This project will be completed in five years and the phase-1 is expected to be operational by March.

The first Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre, launched on December 26, 2016, was one of the crucial steps in that direction.