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Andhra CM orders audit for all govt portals, sets up site to report breaches

After a series of data breaches by the Andhra government were discovered, the state government has finally moved a muscle; Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an audit of all government websites (which is the second such audit since May) and said the state will set up a portal to report such vulnerabilities and breaches. The developments were first reported by The New Indian Express. "We have asked the Andhra Pradesh State Cyber Security Operations Centre (APCSOC) to conduct an audit of all the departments' websites to identify if any sensitive public data is available on them. Here on, we will audit all the portals for both cybersecurity vulnerabilities and privacy issues. The audits will be done on a monthly basis." K Vijayanand, principal secretary, IT, AP government told the New Indian Express. For the record, AP government has 1200 websites belonging to various government departments. The TNIE reported that government officials are wary of such an audit which gives access of data to APCSOC. Some departments even made the body sign non-disclosure agreements when the first such audit was carried out in May after a breach in April 2018. The AP government also announced that it will design a "special portal" called Andhra Pradesh Computer Response Team (APCRT) to immediately respond to cyber-security threats and data breaches. "Anybody who spots discrepancies can reach out to us using APCRT." said V Premchand, the MD of Andhra Pradesh Technology Services Ltd (APTSL). He further added that the APCRT would also…

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