Keeping tabs: Centre mulls cybersecurity test for public CCTV buys

Railways seeks Niti Aayog intervention, citing national security

Dhruvaksh Saha New Delhi
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Amid rising digital security concerns, the Centre may be considering a proposal by the railways ministry to mandate cybersecurity testing for procurement of CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras by all government agencies, Business Standard has learnt.
NITI Aayog has been requested by the railways ministry to consider a proposal of mandatory cybersecurity clearances of cameras. It also sought a go-ahead for testing the associated software by the directorate of Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), a statutory body under the ministry of electronics and information technology.
In a letter to the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aayog, the ministry of railways has raised national security concerns over the lack of compliance with cybersecurity standards. The railways claimed that not a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has been granted STQC clearance so far.

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First Published: Feb 27 2023 | 9:00 PM IST

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