12:17 pm - Friday 20 October 2017

Telecom Security Directorate, a “need of the hour”

By insightVAS - Mon Aug 05, 1:20 pm

The proposal for TDS has been raised by DoT

To ensure coherent organisational structure for tackling cyber threats, a proposal for setting up of Telecom Security Directorate (TDS) has been raised. Telecom Department has moved a document siting such an organisation was the “need of the hour” as it is observed that departments of many ministries were dealing in network security “in bits and pieces”.

The note said many organisations like Intelligence Bureau, DoT, National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), Telecom Enforcement Resources and Monitoring (TERM), National Security Council Secretariat, Department of Information Technology (DeitY) and others were working in ensuring safety of telecom network of the country.

“However, main coordination work and the work related to security policies and project execution is being done by security unit, which is not well structured to deal with all the works that need to be carried.” the note said. “Secondly, the unit…is constrained by administrative and financial powers, which are must for operating a unit effectively. Hence there is an urgent need to create TSD,” the note signed by DoT Deputy Director General Ram Narain said.

It has been sent to Telecom Commission for approval or sending it to Union cabinet with its recommendation in case the Commission did not have powers to approve.

The DoT note reasoned that the most of the economic activities of a nation depended upon telecom infrastructure of the nation. “Inimical forces could bring down the economic activities of a country to halt in short moment from anywhere in the world,” the note said and gave an example of EStonia, a country in North Europe, which faced a similar attack in 2007.

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