Indian Railways to form cyber security team

The Indian Railways, national transporter has been increasingly shifting to ICT platform. Therefore, it has become essential to secure the ICT infrastructure to safeguard critical information.

Indian Railways has begun the selection of officers who will form the Railway Ministry’s cyber security team as part of PM Modi’s directive to every government department to pick personnel with technical aptitudes as well as train them in cyber security. This is being done so that online breaches are contained. In a directive to all general managers, the Railway Board has said that the working of the national transporter has been increasingly shifting to ICT platform. Therefore, it has become essential to secure the ICT infrastructure to safeguard critical information, according to a PTI report. In recent times, there has been an increase in the number of breaches or attempted breaches to the ICT infrastructure of government organizations.

The Indian Government is also looking for ways to secure the infrastructure of ICT. Therefore, to begin with, it has been decided that certain strength of officials may be identified from each Railway Unit with aptitude in ICT hardware, software, compliances and networking to form the group for that Unit. As per the order, this group would work under the overall supervision of the nominated Railway Unit’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the order stated.