The Ministry of Power has issued a guideline for cyber security in the power sector.
The Ministry of Power has issued a guideline for cyber security in the power sector. This will have to be followed by all the power sector utilities. According to the statement issued by the government, its aim is to create a cyber secure ecosystem.
Inputs taken from CERT-In, IIT Kanpur
The statement said that this is the first time that a detailed guideline has been prepared regarding cyber security in the energy sector. In the guideline, necessary steps have been mentioned for the preparedness of cyber security in different utilities in the power sector, which will increase the level of cyber security preparedness in the sector.
The guideline has been prepared after in-depth discussions with the stakeholders. In this, inputs have also been taken from the experts present in the field of cyber security. These include CERT-In, NCIIPC, NSCS, IIT Kanpur.
The purpose of the guidelines is to create an ecosystem of cyber security, the statement said. Cyber Assurance Framework is available in this. Along with this, it strengthens the regulatory framework, creates a system for early warning of any threat to security. According to the statement, this will help in managing any defects and securing remote operations and services.
What will happen with the guidelines?
With this, the infrastructure of sensitive information will be made secure, the risks associated with the supply chain will be reduced, the use of open standards will be encouraged, research and development in cyber security will be promoted. Apart from this, it will also help in the development of human resources and effective public-private partnership and information sharing and cooperation in the field of cyber security.
According to the government statement, the guidelines will be applicable to all responsible entities, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, IT hardware and software OEMs working for the security of control systems in Indian power supply systems.
The statement said that the guidelines are mandatory requirements to be fulfilled by all stakeholders. In this, it has been chanted to introduce cyber cleanliness, training all IT and OT personnel on cyber security, setting up of cyber security training institutes and cyber testing labs in the country.
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