Bhubaneshwar, Jul. 17: Cybersecurity is a major risk in front of all government websites and government applications. Odisha is taking another step for the eradication of this risk. Odisha will soon have a cybersecurity team ‘Computer Emergency Response Team- Odisha’ (CERT-O) to prevent cyber attacks on government websites and web applications.
Odisha’s Electronics and Information Technology Department will establish the team as part of the state crisis management plan to deal with matters related to cybersecurity and cyber terrorism effectively.
As per the official statement, the CERT-O is formed for keeping in view the increasing cases of cyber crimes which includes hacking of government websites in the state.
As many as 867 cybercrime cases were registered in the state last year against 824 in 2017 and 317 in 2016. CERT-O will frame the state’s crisis management plan as and when required and implement the same in consultation with CERT-India. It will also conduct cybersecurity audits and assessments of the government’s IT infrastructure in the State.
The state government has allocated Rs 5 crore for implementation of the project.
The official statement stated, the fund will be utilized for the establishment of a state-of-the-art Security Operation Centre (SOC), capacity building of officials of government departments dealing with IT services at various levels and other cybersecurity-related activities under CERT-O.
Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) CEO RN Palai said, “The team will work in close coordination with CERT-India and State level security monitoring committee and take proactive measures to raise awareness among stakeholders concerned regarding IT security”. He will head the CERT-O.
He added, The guidelines for CERT-O have already been framed and the project will be ready by this year.
Joint Secretary, Electronics and IT Aditya Mohapatra said, “The CERT-O team will conduct pentest, an authorized simulated cyber attack on a computer system performed frequently to evaluate the security of the system, and sound alert to the department or agency concerned”.