Govt upgrades IT to check cyber threats

NEW Delhi : The Center has begun efforts to upgrade its IT infrastructure and equipment so that all electronic, data storage, and communication equipment used in government agencies and departments remains open. are within the manufacturer-specified lifecycle and are not threatened by cyber threats.

The move comes after a large number of cybersecurity incidents were reported by the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), a focal point to respond to such incidents. and a ransomware attack at the country’s top medical institute, All India. Institute of Health Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, on November 23

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has directed all the ministers of the central ministries to act in relation to cybersecurity. MeitY said in an announcement reviewed by mint.

“With the rise of digitalization and online governance, cybersecurity has become an integral and important part of governance. Hackers/jailbreaks exploit weaknesses such as ignorance or non-compliance with security procedures, errors in the process, or vulnerabilities in technology (both hardware and software),” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma, secretary of the company. MeitY, tell all the secretaries.

“The use of outdated operating systems and IT equipment must be stopped because it leaves sensitive government systems vulnerable to cyberattacks. We kindly request you to guide us on the lifespan of IT equipment. This will help maintain a cyber risk-free environment within government agencies,” said Sharma.

In 2021, CERT-In handled more than 14,000 cyber-threat incidents. Grid is under constant attack, with at least 30 events reported daily, as reported by mint.

“As we saw in the recent AIIMS attack, it directly crippled hospital operations and left people with long queues and treatments. A spokesperson for CloudSEK, a Singapore-based cybersecurity company, said healthcare industries have databases and devices connected to wireless servers that are vital for life-saving purposes. .

Earlier in the day, the hacker requested $200 crore crypto from AIIMS, Delhi, as the server went down for the 6th day with the institute providing healthcare to patients manually. However, a spokesman for the Delhi Police said “No ransom demand has been cited by some parts of the media, which has been informed by AIIMS authorities.”

“Data recovery and server cleaning are underway and will take some time due to the volume of data and the large number of servers for hospital services. Measures are being taken for cybersecurity. All hospital services, including outpatient, patient and laboratory services continue to run in manual mode,” AIIMS said.

Inquiries sent to the health department were unanswered as of press time.

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