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Government launches "Cyber Swachhta Kendra"(CSK)
To counter the menace of increasing cyber-attacks, the government has launched the "Cyber Swachhta Kendra"(CSK) - a desktop and mobile security solution for a secure cyber space in India.

The CSK was launched through the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) of the government. Once enabled, the CSK will notify, enable cleaning and secure systems of end-users to prevent further infections.

"Launched 'Cyber Swachhta Kendra' (Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre), an imp milestone in various initiatives taken on Cyber Security," Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, wrote on Twitter.

"Launched USB Pratirodh, which will control the unauthorised usage of removable USB storage media devices like pen drives, external hard drives. Launched App Samvid, to protect Desktops from suspicious applications from running," Prasad added.

The USB Pratirodh is basically a desktop security solution through which the usage of removable storage media devices such as pen drives, external hard drives and other USB-supported mass storage devices can be controlled. While as M-Kavach is a tool that offers a comprehensive mobile device security solution for Android devices, it can also be used to treat cyber-threats to mobile phones.

"India today joined the distinguished club of countries that have malware-cleaning systems for the use of its citizens. As of now, we have 13 banks and internet service providers using this facility. With the expanding digital footprint in the country, I see a surge in start-ups in the area of cyber security by the end of the year," said Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the event here.

In 2016, over 50,300 cyber security incidents including phishing, website defacements, website intrusions, virus and denial of service attacks took place in India.

"As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 44,679; 49,455 and 50,362 cyber security incidents were observed during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively," Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha earlier this month.

The CSK is part of the government's Digital India initiative. It also complies with the objectives of the National Cyber Security Policy. The National Cyber Security Policy aims at creating a secure cyber ecosystem in the country.

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