Indian Citizens Assistance for Mobile Privacy and Security (I-CAMPS) set up to prevent cybercrimes related to weaknesses in the app and device ecosystems.

Gagandeep Kaur, Contributing Editor

November 10, 2021

2 Min Read
India addresses security concerns over mobile ecosystem

In a first-of-its-kind move, the Indian government's National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) has started an initiative called Indian Citizens Assistance for Mobile Privacy and Security (I-CAMPS) to discover privacy and security issues in the mobile ecosystem.

The aim is to prevent cybercrimes related to weaknesses in the applications and device ecosystem. The project is likely to be completed over the next six to eight months.

The NSCS will create a mobile application and a portal to support people in mitigating the vulnerabilities in their devices because of pre-installed apps, operating system versions or any other problem. The I-CAMPS mobile app will provide curated information about the device and app vulnerabilities.

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Essentially, I-CAMPS will bring together all mobile security-related issues on one platform, making it easier for citizens to get the required information about problems. It also brings together industry stakeholders from service providers, mobile manufacturers and app developers.

Come together

As part of this initiative, the NSCS will work with several government departments, including the information technology and communications ministry, finance and home affairs, among others. In addition, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) will also work with stakeholders to ensure the timely execution of the project.

As the number of smartphone users grows in the country, new users face several problems. They are often unaware of the smartphone's different functionalities and security-related issues, making them vulnerable to cyberfraud. The I-CAMPS initiative will sensitize and educate people about mobile usage.

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The NSCS is also exploring the option of coming up with new standalone legislation on cybersecurity in the country in the wake of growing cybercrime across the world.

While there are some provisions for cybersecurity in the Information Technology law, India is yet to formulate a cybersecurity law.

Cybersecurity legislation is likely to define rules for new technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and cryptocurrency. The policy is expected to address security concerns at individual and national levels.

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— Gagandeep Kaur, contributing editor, special to Light Reading

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Gagandeep Kaur

Contributing Editor

With more than a decade of experience, Gagandeep Kaur Sodhi has worked for the most prominent Indian communications industry publications including Dataquest, Business Standard, The Times of India, and Voice&Data, as well as for Light Reading. Delhi-based Kaur, who has knowledge of and covers a broad range of telecom industry developments, regularly interacts with the senior management of companies in India's telecom sector and has been directly responsible for delegate and speaker acquisition for prominent events such as Mobile Broadband Summit, 4G World India, and Next Generation Packet Transport Network.

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