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On 28th April 2022 the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issued new directions (PDF) under sub-section (6) of section 70B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 relating to information security practices, procedure, prevention, response, and reporting of cyber incidents for The Safe & Trusted Internet.
FAQ on the cyber security directions of 28th April 2022
These were not preceded by any public consultations, leading to confusion in the organizations and businesses impacted by these changes. The directons cover aspects related to the timeframe for reporting cyber security incidents, maintenance of the user identification data, transaction information for crypto exchanges and wallets, maintenance of customer details by data centers, cloud services, VPN providers, and maintenance of logs in the Indian jurisdiction.
What will be the impact of these directions on businesses?
Rootconf and Privacy Mode are co-organizing with FOSS United Foundation an event on the 20th May 2022 to discuss the impact of these directions on various businesses, along with discussing recommendations for the directive to fall in line with privacy and business requirements. This hybrid (online and on-site) event will be held at the Zerodha office in Bengaluru.
The event will help the audience gain a better understanding of the impact, especially around data governance and operational practices. The following key concerns will also be discussed.
- Gaps and unknowns in the text of the directions.
- Challenges in complying with the requirements criteria set in the directions.
- Impact on data governance strategies, risk management, and operational aspects of businesses.
- Methods of engagement to refine and improve such requirements.
A report based on a discussion regarding the impact of CERT-In on various businesses, that took place among many tech practitioners, is available here.
Rootconf and Privacy Mode recommend that stakeholders who are impacted by the CERT-In 2022 directions should directly engage CERT-In in public consultation, and rally for more transparent consultative processes in the future. more
Recommendations on compliance timelines for SMEs and additional suggestions for improving ease of compliance
On 28 April 2022, CERT-In released directions for cybersecurity incident reporting. With the compliance deadline of 28 June fast approaching, industry bodies shared their concerns with CERT-In and MoS Rajeev Chandrashekhar on 10 June 2022. more