Hyderabad: After becoming the only State in the country to launch a policy on cyber security, Telangana is close to setting up its own Security Operations Centre (SOC) that will act as an infrastructure to audit and monitor critical government data. SOCs globally are centralised units that deal with security issues on an organisational and technical level. This acts as a central location for the staff to supervise the site using data processing technology.
However, the youngest State of India wants to emulate this kind of unit for its government departments and data sets. The SOC in Telangana will not only monitor the security threats in its own data base but also globally and study patterns of the attack. This will provide an edge for the State to secure their data.
Elaborating more on this Telangana IT Prinicipal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan told Telangana Today, “We are close to setting up a SOC in Telangana. We are announcing the bidding process and floating our tender in this month. And in two months’ time we will be finalising the agency that will be setting up this centre. We are hopeful that by next year, the centre will be operational.” He also added that the SOC will be co-located the State Data Centre.
The Secretary while speaking at the third edition of Cyber Security Conclave organised by the Society for Cyberabad Security Council also called for synergy and collaboration between government organisations, private companies and other agencies to fight cyber-crime. “There is a much more information sharing needed between different agencies and that is something lacking in our country,” Ranjan said in his key note speech.
Speaking about the different initiatives taken by the government after formation of the cyber security policy, he said that the State is organising different sensitisation programmes in collaboration with industry body like Nasscom and Universities to train students. In addition, it also looking to partner with different agencies to develop mechanisms to curb online crime, he informed.