The Ministry of Information and Technology announced on Tuesday an anti-malware and anti-virus solutions in the country for computers and mobile phones. The botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre project will cost Rs 90 crore in the next 5 years, told Sanjay Bahl, Director General, CertIn.

Announcing the Botnet and malware analysis centres, Indian IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system.” He also added “Safety and security is integral. As the Prime Minister said cyber threat is akin to bloodless war. I don’t have slightest doubt cyber security is not only going to be big area of Digital Swachh Bharat but also going to be big area of digital growth, digital employment and digital commerce.”

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CertIn) would collect  data of the affected computers and mobiles and share it with ISPs and banks. These ISPs and the bank will then identify the user and the centre will provide a link with which he can take advantage of this service launched as part of Cyber Swachhta Kendra.

With the link provided, users with virus-affected device can download free anti-virus provided by the government. Presently, 13 banks are enrolled for providing these service along with 58 Internet Service Providers. The IT Minister has also directed CertIn to set up National cyber co-ordination centre (NCCC) by June 2017. To promote better cyber security in the country, government has allotted an amount of Rs 900 crores for setting up NCCC.

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Alongside, Ministry of Information and Technology has also announced other services such as the M-Kavach for security and anti-theft solution for mobile phones, USB Pratirodh to ensure authorised access only on pendrives and AppSamvid for identifying malware free applications installs on computers.