Four teams to check cyber threats to power systems: Goyal

Power Minister Piyush Goyal (PHOTO: Twitter)

The government has created four emergency response teams to check increasing cyber security threats to the country’s power systems, Power Minister Piyush Goyal told the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

So far India has only one CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Teams) on the lines of CERT-US to keep a check on cyber attack and issued advisories from time to time, he said. Security to power systems has been considered at a great risk as the modern power systems are connected to net for data transfer, he added.

The Power Ministry through the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIICPC) has formed four sectoral CERTs ~ CERT (Transmission), CERT (Thermal), CERT (Hydro) and CERT (Distribution) ~ to coordinate with power utilities, said Goyal.

To make stakeholders aware of cyber threats in the power sector, the government has also asked all the relevant stakeholders of Smart Grid to identify critical infrastructure and use end-to-end encryption for data security, the minister said. “All utilities have been asked to identify a nodal senior executive as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to lead the process of strengthening organisational systems with respect to cyber security and implement an Information Security Management System as recommended by rules framed under the Information Technology (IT) Act 2008,” Mr Goyal informed the house.