Indian Government launches free anti-viruses: A move for PC and Mobile security

It is likely to a gift for tech persons in India that the IT ministry today launched botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis center worth Rs 90 crore to give possible security from anti-virus to computers and mobile phones for eradicating malicious software. “I would like ISPs 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,” Said by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the launch of Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre.

The Indian computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) will gather data of infected systems and send it to ISPs and banks. These ISPs and banks will recognize particular user and provide them the connection of the center, earlier launched in name of Cyber Swachhta Kendra.

From right there, users will able to download anti-malware or anti-virus tools to disinfect their devices either computer or mobile phone,

Initial information regarding ISPs on board is, 58 ISPs and 13 banks have come to use this system.
It is also directed by ministry to set up National Cyber Coordination Center (NCCC) to Cert-In by June.

The government has sanctioned Rs 900 Crore ( 9000 million ) for NCCC which will responsible to monitor and handle cyber infiltration and attacks on Indian internet space in real time.

“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, ”Prasad said.

The minister announced that government has reduced testing fee for their products by half. It is only to encourage start ups in the field of cyber security.

At the time, Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), a division under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, charges testing fee in the range of Rs 8-10 lakh per case but startups in the field of cyber security will need to pay only around 4-5 lakhs.

To make cyber security ecosystem strong in country, Prasad said that CERT’s will be set up at state level as well and 10 more STQC testing facilities will set up.