Blockchain Used By Indian State to Combat Cyber Attacks

Blockchain, News | December 19, 2017 By:

The West Bengal government is planning to use blockchain technology to protect its documents from cyber attacks.

West Bengal is an Indian state located in Eastern India on the Bay of Bengal. It is India’s fourth-most populous state, with over 91 million inhabitants. It has an area of 88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi). A part of the ethno-linguistic Bengal region, it is bordered by Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north; it shares borders with five Indian states: Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam.

The West Bengal government is proposing a Cyber Security Center of Excellence that would be tasked to carry out blockchain technology at various departments. A senior official of the Information Technology Department said the proposed center will bring the best in academic, law enforcement and other sections under one roof for the best practices to counter cyber-attacks. He added that local police officers recently participated in a cyber security workshop conducted by the IT department at the center.

The Cyber Security Center of Excellence will conduct research and development on cyber crimes for which the state government will partner with private firms. The state government is also planning to raise the awareness level about threats of cyber crimes and precautions that need to be exercised.

Earlier this year, computers at some offices of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited were crippled by the WannaCry ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

“We do not want such things to be repeated. We are trying to build foolproof security against these threats,” the official said.