Multiple steps taken to curb cyber threats over national power grid: MoS Energy

New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (IC) Power, New & Renewable Energy and Power, R.K. Singh, said today the National Power Grid comprises of large number of assets established across the country. Interconnection is a key feature of the networked world, and cyber opportunity and threat are a part of it.

To curb cyber threats over the national power grid, multiple steps have been taken. For securing transmission assets of POWERGRID (Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd), communication from equipment of Substations to control centres are done over dedicated optical fiber network owned by POWERGRID without any connectivity to external networks. They are further protected through multiple Firewalls.

These systems are kept isolated from office networks to prevent any malicious online attack because of Internet connectivity. POWERGRID is also certified for ISO 27001 Information Security Management System as laid down in the Information Technology Act, 2000.

The Ministry of Power has formed Sectoral CERT-Transmission housed in POWERGRID, which works in close coordination with the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and which has laid down detail procedures for Protected Systems, alerts and advisories, regular cyber audit, Crisis Management Plan (CMP), mock drills and exercises.

This information was provided by Union Minister of State (IC) Power, New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship R.K. Singh, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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