Indian government bans personal computer connections to office networks

Indian government agencies are urging their employees not to connect their personal laptops and smart phones to office networks. They are, in fact, urging the authorities not to use office Wi-Fi spots for personal use.

After taking cognizance from AIIMS Ransomware Attack, the Information Technology Ministry has also asked all government employees, especially those working in Northern states, to stop connecting office PCs or smart phones to public networks on move. They also issued a ban on using the office devices to download torrents and pirated movies, as it can invite cyber troubles such as malware into computer networks.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was the first government firm to impose such rules, followed by the Government of NCT of Delhi and AIIMs.

An official circular is said to be generated and distributed by the Republic Day of India and after February third week in this year, a serious ban will be enforced.

Therefore, all government agencies across India will be asked to block p2p networks such as torrents of office networks.

Already those using BSNL and other government funded ISPs like MTNL were asked to block such downloads on office networks from December 5th of this year. And Act Fibernet of Bangalore, occupying 16% of a broadband share in South India, has been asked to impose the same by this month’s end.

Government across the world, as a part of basic cyber hygiene; urge and restricts employees from accessing music, entertainment, news, and X rated content as these form as excellent sources to spread malware. But only 11% of such government networks enforce these stipulations in practical, while the rest ignore them for reasons.


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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