The Center on Tuesday assured the Lok Sabha that the Census Data Center has not been hacked or cyberattacked and that this Census data is secure due to multiple levels of security implemented by the government.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told lawmakers in Lok Sabha that a multilayered security approach has been adopted to ensure the safety of census data and that there has been no cyberattack or data hacking.
As he pointed out, the government announced its intention to conduct the Census 2021 in the Gazette of India on March 28, 2019. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the census and associated field activities have been postponed until further notice.
“Multiple layered security approach has been adopted for security and safety of census data. Data is encrypted at the data collection device, during the transmission and at servers and storage.
“Advisories from National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) and Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) are implemented to make the data centers secure,” Rai said in Lok Sabha.
Replying to another question, the minister said, “No cyber attack or data hacking incident has been observed in the data centre or its disaster recovery sites of the office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India.”