Some interesting tidbits in the article aoout the National Cyber Coordination Centre (What a ridiculous name, let’s co-ordinate some “Cyber” shall we!)
“The NCCC will collect, integrate and scan [Internet] traffic data from different gateway routers of major ISPs at a centralised location for analysis, international gateway traffic and domestic traffic will be aggregated separately … The NCCC will facilitate real-time assessment of cyber security threats in the country and generate actionable reports/alerts for proactive actions by the concerned agencies,” says a secret government note
The NCCC would be in virtual contact with the control room of all ISPs to scan traffic within the country, flowing at the point of entry and exit, including international gateway, they added.
Hello VPNs, and Industrial Espinoage!
Apart from monitoring the Internet, the NCCC would look into various threats posed by cyber attacks. “In recent months, we have seen growing cases of computer networks of government departments and organisations coming under cyber attacks. We have seen foreign spy agencies and hackers trying to get sensitive government data or hack important websites. For instance, hackers defaced CBI website and attempts were made to break into Indian Railways website. The NCCC would address these shortcomings,” said a senior government official.
No you idiots, you don’t need an eavesdropping solution for that. For that you need qualified and competent developers who can develop secure websites. The websites of the CBI, NIC etc were badly developed with a lot of security holes. You want to prevent people from breaking in? Build better, stronger doors; don’t put an entire police station outside your house. Using the NCCC to prevent hacking attempts is treating the symptom not the disease.
But the best, and the funniest was this (emphasis is mine):
All top government spy and technical agencies will be part of the NCCC that would be set up at a cost of around Rs. 1,000 crore. “The proposed cyber security architecture envisages setting up a National Cyber Coordination Centre [NCCC] which would be a multi-agency body under Department of Electronics and IT,” says the note.
Are you freaking kidding me!? When has India been able to pull off such a large project like this without endless amounts of bribery, corruption and endless screwups? I imagine the project will end up costing 10 times the 1,000 Crore budget, just like the Commonwealth games that we executed to splendidly.
This is a bad idea, and will be poorly executed.