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Centre Readies Guidelines To Prevent Cyber Attack On Power Sector

NEW DELHI: The central government issued cybersecurity guidelines for the power industry, with the goal of creating a secure power cyber ecosystem.

The Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 have framed a Guideline on Cyber Security in the Power Sector to be followed by all Power Sector utilities in order to create a cyber-secure eco-system.

This is the first time that a complete guideline on cyber security in the electricity sector has been developed. The guideline specifies the activities that must be taken to ensure cyber security preparation across various utilities.

According to the statement, the guidelines were developed after extensive discussions with stakeholders and input from specialist agencies in the field of cybersecurity, such as CERT-In, NCIIPC, NSCS, and IIT-Kanpur, as well as later deliberations in the power ministry.

It establishes a cyber assurance framework, enhances the regulatory framework, implements methods for security threat early warning, vulnerability management, and reaction to security threats, among other things, and secures remote operations and services.

The guideline is available on the website of CEA for downloading

https://cea.nic.in/wp-content/uploads/notification/2021/10/Guidelines_on_Cyber_Security_in_Power_Sector_2021-2.pdf

The rules apply to all relevant entities in the Indian power supply system, including system integrators, equipment manufacturers, suppliers/vendors, service providers, and IT hardware and software OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).

According to the standards, ICT-based purchase from specified “trusted sources” and “trusted items” is required, or the product must be examined for malware/hardware trojan before being deployed in the power supply system network.

It will encourage cybersecurity research and development and open up the market for the establishment of cyber testing infrastructure in both the public and commercial sectors of the country.

Additionally, the CEA is working on cybersecurity regulations. According to the ministry, these cybersecurity guidelines are a precursor to the same.

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