Ravi Shankar Prasad
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday asked States to focus on strengthening the cybersecurity ecosystem to push adoption of digital services in the country, a senior official said.
The Minister met IT ministers and secretaries from almost all States during a two-day conference to discuss the roadmap on making India a trillion-dollar digital economy by 2025.
“The Minister requested every State to continuously monitor the traffic of websites and set up cybersecurity centres,” an official who attended the meeting told The Hindu .
“It was also discussed that there should also be audit from time to time of sensitive centres such as nuclear power stations, financial hubs and IT hubs,” another source said. The Centre will send officials for such audits.
According to the source, Mr. Prasad was informed that financial institutions and the government were the targets for nearly 40% cyber attacks, including phishing, denial of services attacks and ransomware.
In addition, Mr. Prasad, who is also the Law Minister, asked the States to ensure that no one was denied any benefits for not having an Aadhaar card.