Govt has taken steps to safeguard sensitive information: Pilot
New Delhi: In the wake of series of leaks of
official US documents by WikiLeaks, the government on Friday said
it was aware of the threats to digital information and has
taken appropriate steps to safeguard sensitive information.
Minister of State for Communications and IT informed the
Rajya Sabha in a written reply that the government has taken
various measures to protect the secrecy of digital files.
Pilot's written reply came in response to a query on
whether the government is confident in protecting the secrecy
of its digital files in the light of the leakage of sensitive
information in other countries, including the United States.
Pilot said that the government has issued computer
security guidelines to ministries to protect IT infrastructure
assets and maintain confidentiality of classified digital data
Ministries and departments have been advised to carry
out their information technology systems audit regularly,
Besides, Pilot added that the National Informatics
Centres, is continuously strengthening the networks operated
by them to defend against the newer attack techniques.
WikiLeaks, an international new media non-profit
organisation that publishes submissions of otherwise
unavailable documents from anonymous news sources, had shaken
the world by disclosing a trove of confidential US diplomatic
cables last month.