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Indian government to set up new agency to oversee telecom, cyber security

India plans to set up a new body that will oversee telecom and cyber security to avoid overlap between various ministries and intelligence agencies that are currently handling this issue.

Called the National Telecom Network Security Coordination Board (NTNSCB), located in the Communications Ministry and headed by the telecom secretary, it will have representatives from the Defense and Home Ministries, intelligence agencies, IT department, intelligence bureau, national security adviser and NTRO [National Technical Research Organization], among others, internal government documents accessed by ET reveal.

In addition to suggesting measures to address network security related issues, this board will also set up objectives and targets to the various departments and agencies handling telecom and cyber security related issues, these documents add.