Government moots setting up board for telecom network security
New Delhi: In a bid to safeguard telecom infrastructure, the government proposes to set up a board that will formulate policy related to network security issues.
According to sources, the Telecom Ministry plans to set up an eight-member National Telecom Network Security Coordination Board at the Department of Telecom (DoT) headquarters, with the Telecom Secretary as the chairman.
Members will be from the Department of Electronics and IT, the National Security Coordination Secretariat, the Home Ministry, the Intelligence Bureau, the National Technical Research Organisation and DoT.
The board will be serviced by the DoT's telecom network security unit, wherein a security directorate will be created and staffed by seven senior officials, the sources added.
The government estimates that the security directorate will also require 155 personnel immediately and 453 people in two to four years.
The proposal will have to be vetted by DoT and the Finance Ministry before being sent to the Cabinet for consideration and approval.
The board's functions would include approving telecom security policy issues, quarterly review of the progress of measures taken for security related projects and suggesting measures to address issues related to network security.
Implementing the proposal will cost the government Rs 25 crore annually for the first two years, after which the unit is expected to become self-sufficient through issuance of certificates to labs, testing charges and user fees, among others.
The Ministry plans to fill 90 percent of the posts by transferring existing officers or through deputation from different government enterprises such as BSNL and MTNL.
"Only up to 10 percent of the posts are proposed to be filled from the open market with a view to inject some fresh blood into the organisation by tapping the private talent in this critical area of telecom security," sources said.