'Armed forces are bracing to cope with cyber-crime': Antony

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 10:30 hrs

Defence Minister A.K. Antony has said that the Union Government is aware that cyber-crime is becoming a major threat to national security and the armed forces are bracing to cope with the challenge.

In a written reply to Ramesh Bais, Uday Singh and HariManjhi in Lok Sabha today, Antony said 'usage of pen drive on Internet computers has been banned as a policy due to inherent security threat posed by pen drives'.

"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," said Antony.

"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 added. (ANI)

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