New Delhi: The government is finalising cyber security standards for smartphones, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister for electronics and information technology on Thursday.
The standards are expected to be aimed at curbing the theft of personal and financial data through mobile phones.
“Let me tell all the mobile manufacturing units that all your products must be security compliant. There shall be no compromise on that," he warned.
Prasad said that IT and electronics department had issued notices to most of the mobile manufacturing companies to furnish details related to cyber security.
“Cyber security initiative of India must become a lesson for the world, just as Aadhaar... Every industry which is digitally connected must have proper security officers who must be able to tell the company or industry what precautions they must take to keep cyber challenges at bay. We have also insisted all the banks to have cyber security auditors," Prasad said while addressing the delegates during a session at an event organized by apex industry body Assocham on cyber and network security in the capital.
The government’s Computer Emergency Response Team—India (CERT-In) reported more than 50,000 attacks on companies last year.
Prasad said that in last three years 93 mobile manufacturing factories have come up in India with Noida emerging as a big hub for mobile manufacturing where 32 such factories have come up.
The government is promoting start-ups to come up with solutions addressing cyber security issues which have been designed to suit the Indian context. The aim is to build cyber security walls using low-cost cyber technology and auditors, added Prasad.