Cyber Security of J&K

Digital India was a dream for many of us but a reality now under present GoI. In 2022 itself 70 billion digital payment transactions have been done and still counting. Under present regime ‘minimum Government maximum governance’ is the new mantra, e-Governance being flagship achievement of the Government. Each and every step of GoI is to ensure paperless, visit free office, a hurdle free automatic system in place to deliver schemes to the public in specific time. Our Jammu and Kashmir has also ensured hundreds of services under J&K Public Services Guarantee Act, e-Governance is the mission of LG administration, at same pace as in rest of India. Almost 250 e-Services have been added, a remarkable journey in last two years and target is to make it to 500 by end of next year. It’s an enormous achievement post Article 370 abrogation. But with digitisation comes the nightmare of hacking, a situation to be avoided at any cost. Recent AIIMS Delhi episode is an example how technology is a boon as well as bane. For seven days all services at AIIMS were manual, ransom money of Rs 200 crore was demanded. In our Jammu and Kashmir also we witnessed same with Power Development Department two years back as four data servers faced cyber attack with hackers encrypting all official files and data. Time and again Government websites have been targeted. Keeping in view of this Cyber Security Policy 2022 of J&K with CoE, Cyber Security Analysts, to form CERT, a think tank for crucial cyber polices and decision, stands approved. In one go LG administration has tried to plug all susceptible loopholes in digital system with further plans to put privacy, data protection laws in place to protect public from frauds and troubles. All checks and balances have been put in place, from where to get an early warning and whom to contact under cyber attack. As they say, a proactive approach is always a welcome step.