New Delhi. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided that phone companies in India can only use telecom devices certified by a top security panel. According to the Hindustan Times report, the certificate will be issued by a security panel headed by Deputy National Security Advisor Rajendra Khanna, which reports to NSA Ajit Doval. People familiar with the matter said that Khanna, a former head of India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing, heads the technology section at the National Security Council Secretariat.
Law, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that the directive has been prepared from the point of view of national security. Prasad said, “To ensure the national security of the country, the Cabinet has approved the National Security Directives on the telecom sector”. The list will issue.
According to the directive, phone companies are not required to replace their existing equipment and this will not affect existing annual maintenance contracts or updates to existing equipment.
China will be shocked The move is against the backdrop of concerns expressed in India and abroad by mobile companies using devices manufactured by Chinese company Huawei, which have been accused of spying for Beijing by the United States. An official said that the new security directive has been implemented in July by the major intelligence agency of India in view of the risks posed by Chinese companies in various fields.
However Ravi Shankar Prasad did not name any country or company.
Concerns will be resolved
A government official indicated that the renewed mining safety directives would help India address concerns surrounding equipment manufactured by Chinese companies, but the policy would be subject to other risks, including Indian telecom Was designed to secure the infrastructure.
124 lakh crores lost in cyber crime in one year
He said that the government wants to reduce the risk of cyber attacks. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) reported 4 lakh cyber incidents in 2019. In August this year, the government reported 7 lakh cyber incidents. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology told Parliament in August that during the last one year, the government and business entities had lost Rs 124 lakh crore in cyber crime.
“The fact is that India is among the top three countries in the world facing cyber attacks,” the official said.
India’s National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt Gen (Retd) Rajesh Pant will release a list of telecom equipment that will be covered under the new security directives.
The office of General Pant will notify a list of Trusted Source / Trusted Products for the benefit of telecom service providers after being approved by a committee headed by Deputy NSA Rajinder Khanna. The committee, called the National Security Committee on Telecom, will have two industry representatives and an independent expert as well as representatives of the relevant government departments. The committee has also been empowered to make a list of blacklisted companies, which will not allow phone companies to sell equipment.
The National Security Committee on Telecommunications has also been authorized to give incentives under the Self Reliant India practice to companies recognized as “reliable sources” to meet the criteria in this regard.
Last year, the government banned the import of Chinese handsets without International Mobile Device Identification (IMEI). The IMEI number is a 15-digit unique number for each mobile handset. Through this, calls from stolen handsets can be stopped and security agencies can also detect them.