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Inset: Indian IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad, seen with Additional Secretary ( IT) Ajay Kumar, launches Cyber Swachh tools
 
 
Indian govt launches free anti-malware tools

New Delhi, February 23 2017: Extending the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign to the cyber world, government   has launched the Cyber Swachhta Kendra–Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre for analysis of malware and botnets that affect networks and systems.
This is a part of  the  Digital India initiative aimed at creating a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections in India and to notify, enable cleaning and securing systems of end-users to prevent further infections.
The centre is operated by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).The Centre aims to enhance coordination between the Government and industry in order to encourage cyber hygiene among all end-users and to create a secure and safe internet ecosystem in India.
Said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology:“With the expanding role of Information and Communication technology across sectors and growth in volume of transactions and data exchange via internet, Cyber Security has emerged as the most critical factor when we move towards Digital India. Combating cyber threats is not something that can be done just by the government or an organisation or an individual alone. It requires a partnership approach. This centre being launched today will work in coordination with the Internet Service Providers and Industry. This Kendra will also enhance awareness among citizens regarding botnet and malware infection along with measures to be taken to secure their devices."
Whenever an infection is detected, the Centre will send alerts on the infected IP addresses to the Internet Service Providers, who in turn will inform the end-user about the malware and botnet infections on their system. The Centre will also work in close collaboration with the Banks to detect malware infections in their banking network and enable remedial actions. The launch of the Centre will help the Internet service providers and the banks to keep their networks clean and prevent cases of cyber fraud and theft.

Some of the tools released for citizens:
·         USB Pratirodh -A desktop security solution, which protects from USB mass storage device threats.
·         AppSamvid - A desktop solution which protects systems by allowing installation of genuine applications through white listing. This helps in preventing threats from malicious applications. 
·         M-Kavach – An indigenously developed solution to address the security threats in mobiles.

For downloading the free bot & malware removal tools,  visit: (www.cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in)

 




    


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