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Govt should come up with national cyber security law: Expert

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

As hundreds of ATMs are being shut down in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware cyber attack, an expert has dubbed it as an interim measure while suggesting that the should come up with cyber security rather than just "giving lip service."

"Hundreds of ATMs being shut down in is recognition of fact that the ransomware attack which has happen globally is increasingly also looking at Merely shutting down ATMs is interim ad hoc measure. needs to look at some more holistic perspective with how to deal with cyber security. It time for to come up with cyber security which can actually go ahead and define what is going to be the roles, duties and responsibilities of various stakeholders," cyber expert Pawan Duggal told ANI.

Asserting that should expand the scope and ambit of its coverage of cyber crime, Duggal called for sound cyber security norms, frameworks and policies for building the 'India' ecosystem.

He further said that ransomware should be recognized as a stringent punishable offence under the Indian

"Ransomware is still not a cyber crime that is recognized under the Information Technology Act 2000 and it does not get fully covered by provision of the Indian Penal Code.

We should make ransomware a stringent offence punishable with minimum 7 to 10 year imprisonment and fine," he added.

Duggal further said that needs to look at more international cooperation in the context of to detection, investigation and prosecution of these ransomware base attacks.

"Merely shutting down ATMs might be a good interim measure but in a long term measure the should come up with capacity building programmes that inculcates cyber security as a way of life among Indian population and inculcates cyber education as part of school curriculum," he added.

WannaCry, the ransomware cyber attack that has affected computers worldwide, has made its way to India, affecting states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala.

The cyber attack has been deemed as the biggest in history even as IT specialists suggest that the cyber criminals responsible have not made much monetary benefits.

The Centre, however, assured that is not a victim of the ransomware attack, adding that the is keeping a very close watch to ensure that these attacks can be addressed in an effective manner.

"As far as this cyber issue is concerned, the of is keeping a very strong watch on it. As per our information up to date, there have been isolated incidents in very limited areas in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. But we have been updating our whole security measures since March itself, software has been installed," Union Minister of Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Prasad further said that the is in touch with the banking system to reinforce their architecture.

"All these things have led to the current situation that is not at all the victim of the attack in the manner the other countries of the world are facing today," he added.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 05:53 IST