Army bans usage of pen drives

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 02:42 hrs

New Delhi: In the wake of increasing threat to cyber security, the Indian Army has banned the usage of pen drives on Internet computers.

"Union government is aware that cyber-crime is becoming a major threat to national security and armed forces are bracing to cope with the challenge. Usage of pen drive on Internet computers has been banned as a policy due to inherent security threat posed by pen drives," Defence Minister AK Antony said in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

"Computers and communication systems in Ministry of Defence are procured from recognized Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)/Companies as per the procurement procedures of the Government," he said.

A Cyber Security Policy 2008 issued by the Ministry of Defence is under implementation, which inter-alia, includes continuous awareness campaign, audit of networks, strengthening of cyber security activities and maintaining of air gaps.

"Cyber security issues are also coordinated by National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) at the national level," he said.

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