NSG seeks to make bomb data centre hack proof

The National Security Guards (NSG) is planning a security audit of its bomb data centre to check whether the facility as well as its website is free of vulnerability.

The audit is aimed at finding out the “vulnerability and gaps” in its network and websites, review of network architecture and vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.

The NSG will pick the audit firm from a list of 22, which includes Ernst and Young, Deloitte, TCS and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The National Bomb Data Centre monitors all bombings or improvised explosive device-related incidents. It analyses them and passes the information on to security agencies. 

The security audit to be conducted in accordance with the guidelines of Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), also involves rectification of any vulnerability identified.

The NSG will want the selected firm to provide them a certificate that the data centre and website are safe for use for a minimum period of one year from the date of certification.

An NSG official said the firm would have to sign a non-discloser agreement before commencing the audit of the data centre. 

The security audit comes at a time when foreign intelligence agencies are trying to get information from India’s cyber infrastructure. The NSG wants its centre to be foolproof against hackers.

The data centre is one of its kind in the country and it monitors all terrorist bombings. It analyse the salient ones across the world to draw appropriate lessons in the country’s context.

It is slowly emerging into a hub of articulating new ideas related to countering IEDs and related matters. The Bomb Data Centre’s experts are rushed to the spot whenever there is a terror attack in the country.

Recently, the experts from the data centre were also rushed to Bodh Gaya where bombs hidden in gas cylinders exploded.

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