New Delhi, February 22: In order to protect digital devices from viruses and malware threats, Information Technology Ministry has launched the Cyber Swachhata Kendra website. People can download free security tools and applications for computers and mobile devices from this portal or from Play Store.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while launching the website said that “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board; there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system.” In collaboration with Computer Emergency Response Team CERT, government has launched new desktop and mobile security solutions as part of botnet cleaning centre and malware analysis centre which is named as Cyber Swachhata Kendra website.
CERT Director General, Sanjay Bahl said that the CERT-In team will collect data of infected systems and send it to ISPs and banks. These ISPs and banks will identify the user and provide them the link of the centre, launched in name of Cyber Swachhata Kendra. The user will be able to download anti-virus or anti-malware tools to disinfect their devices. The project has budget outlay of Rs 90 crore spread over period of 5 years. The Minister has directed CERT-In to set up National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) by June.
“Safety and security is integral. As the Prime Minister said cyber threat is akin to bloodless war. I don’t have slightest doubt cyber security is not only going to be big area of Digital Swachh Bharat but also going to be big area of digital growth, digital employment and digital commerce,” Minister Prasad said.
The Ministry also launched M-Kavach for security and anti-theft solution for mobile phones, USB Pratirodh to ensure only authorised person is able to access pen drive and AppSamvid for identifying genuine applications at the time of installations on computers.
The various software tools available on the website have been developed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Solutions include AppSamvid, which is a white-listing tool which protects the computer by allowing the execution of pre-approved files, while blacklisting all other viruses. There’s also Pratirodh tool which protects portable USB storage devices. Another tool on offer is the MKavach, which is essentially an anti-virus and malware protection software for Android devices. MKavach protects mobile devices from security threats arising from WiFi, Bluetooth and camera. All the tools and applications on the website are available completely free of cost.