TI reporting that Indian government soon to setup an new internet scanning agency called National Cyber Coordination Center (NCCC) which monitors the web traffic that passing through ISP’s and gateways and this center will issue “actionable alerts” to government departments if any perceived security threats are found.
National Cyber Coordination Center to monitor all web traffic that pass though India’s international internet gateways
“At present, the monitoring of web traffic is done by Centre for Development of Telematics ( C-DoT) which has installed its equipments at the premises of ISPs and gateways,” informs Rajesh Chharia, president at Association of Internet Service Providers.
Till now, Indian govt is unable to prevent many terror attacks due to lack of proper “Internet scanning system”, “According to the minutes of a meeting held on February 3, 2012, at the National Security Council Secretariat under the PMO, the National Cyber Coordination Centre will ‘scan whole cyber traffic flowing at the point of entry and exit at India’s international internet gateways’. The web scanning centre will provide ‘actionable alerts for proactive actions’ to be taken by government departments.” Times of India notes.
TI says Govt is panning to invest 800 crore in this setup. “The coordination centre will be the first layer of threat monitoring in the country. It would always be in virtual contact with the control room of the Internet Service Providers,” the Deputy National Security Advisor Vijay Latha Reddy said, as per minutes of the meeting.
With this new system in place all government departments talk to ISPs such as Airtel, BSNL, RCOM, Tata Communications, through NCCC for real-time information and data on threats. So this mean all tweets, status updates, messages of users India will go through this scanning centre and this center may probe further into any email or social media account if it finds a perceived threat.