India to establish cyber security benchmarks soon

Friday, 22 October 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: India will soon have benchmark norms for best practices in cyber security to enhance the country's security standards and improve its credibility in global IT industry.

"We are in the process of finalising the benchmark norms that are vital for sustaining India's success in IT services and IT-enabled services," said Jerry Rao, chief of the country's premier software lobby.

"They should be ready in two months or by early 2005," Rao, chairman of the National Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), said.

"We are working with BS7799 global cyber security standards together with SAS-70 auditing standards as a model, but hope to improve on them," he added. Companies worldwide accept these standards, equivalent to those specified by International Standards Organisation's ISO17799 certification.

Developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, SAS-70 is the internationally accepted auditing standard that includes controls over information technology and related processes.

NASSCOM, represented on the Computer Emergency Response Team set up by the ministry of communications and IT, is coordinating the country's efforts to evolve stringent cyber security standards, Rao said.

NASSCOM vice president Sunil Mehta, who is coordinating the efforts on the benchmark, said India's IT industry was mature and responsible. "It has to live up to its global stature in addressing cyber security concerns."

Source: IANS
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