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RBI to beef up cyber security in fiscal year 2019, protection against cyber crimes tops priority list

"With the emerging threat landscape, where organised cybercrime and cyber warfare are gaining prominence, the Department (of Information Technology) is working towards ensuring continuous protection against the changing contours of cybersecurity threat," as per the RBI's annual report.

Reported by: PTI, New Delhi [ Published on: September 03, 2018 15:06 IST ]
RBI to increase cyber security in Fiscal year 2019
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RBI to increase cyber security in Fiscal year 2019

In view of growing incidents of cyber frauds, the Reserve Bank of India is working towards further enhancing security mechanism as part of its agenda for this fiscal, especially when digital transactions are witnessing a significant rise.

"With the emerging threat landscape, where organised cybercrime and cyber warfare are gaining prominence, the Department (of Information Technology) is working towards ensuring continuous protection against the changing contours of cyber security threat," as per the RBI's annual report.

The RBI's report said the 2018-19 agenda include taking effective steps to "further enhance" the levels of protection against cyber risks.

The RBI will proactively initiate the process of developing a cyber security culture, endeavour to make cyber security a responsibility and ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of information system and resources.

"An Audit Management Application portal to handle various supervisory functions of the cyber security and information technology examination cell in the Reserve Bank and to fully automate monitoring of returns has been envisaged in order to facilitate consistency and efficiency of the offsite monitoring mechanism," the report said. New private sector and foreign banks accounted for 36 per cent each of all cyber frauds reported in debit, credit and ATM cards, among others. 

"In an endeavour to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of Indian banks, focused and theme-based IT examinations are planned during 2018-19. Targeted scrutiny, as and when required, would also be conducted for appropriate policy and supervisory intervention," the RBI said.

It further said that given the increasing popularity of digital payments, data protection and cybersecurity norms were strengthened, and Know Your Customer (KYC) norms were modulated further to make them more effective.

"In order to secure consistency and improve the efficiency of the offsite monitoring mechanism, an Audit Management Application portal to facilitate various supervisory functions of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Examination (CSITE) Cell and to fully automate monitoring of returns has been envisaged, which will be operationalised by March 2019," it said. 

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