23 December, 2015

Indian Government set to clean up digital network with botnet cleaning centre

Dirty streets aren't the only thing the Narendra Modi government hopes to clean up. After 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, the Indian government plans to ensure the cleanliness in the online world too, with a 'Digital Swachhata Kendra' or cyber hygiene centre, for analysis of malware and botnets that affect networks and systems.

"The pilot project is going on, and subject to approvals from the (IT) minister, we want to call it the Digital Swachhata Kendra," a senior official of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) told ET. The malware analysis and botnet cleaning centre was announced earlier this year, with an outlay of Rs 100 crore, and is being implemented by CERT-In as part of Digital India.

CERT-In, the nodal agency responsible for dealing with cyber incidents, is working with anti-virus vendors to develop effective solutions to deal with cyber-attacks.

"We have the largest number of botnets in the world. And then you have malware creeping into all sorts of networks and systems. These systems, when they get infected with the malware, do not let the networks and systems function the way they were programmed to," said the official.

India was the most targeted nation for malware that steals data, according to a Trend Micro report that came out earlier this year. CERT-In is working in partnership with security software vendors to set up the centre, which will have a mechanism to analyse the behaviour of a malware and to fig-ure out if it is new or a masked or modified version of an already known malicious software.

"If it is a unique malware, we have development arrangements with the anti-virus vendors who will develop the antidote for that malware. That antidote may be available on our website for free download," said the official.
RS Sharma, ex-secretary of the Department of Electronics and IT, had announced plans for the centre in May this year, and had said that the facility would "automatically detect botnets."

21 December, 2015

The 147-year-old Tata is once again India’s most valued brand

The Tata group, India’s salt-to-steel conglomerate, is once again the country’s most valued brand. A new ranking by Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, has valued the Tata brand at Rs66,940 crore ($10 billion).

The value has inched higher by 12% since last year when it was valued at Rs59,840 crore. The Tata brand topped Interbrand’s ranking in 2014 as well. Reliance Industries, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and Airtel, the telecom services brand, are at the second and third spots, respectively.

Here are the top 10 brands with their brand value:

While most of the companies in the top 10 ranking are private companies, only two public sector firms made it to the list. The Life Insurance Corporation of India, the country’s state-owned insurer ranks fourth, followed by India’s largest lender, the State Bank of India.
Software and Starbucks

To calculate the brand value, Interbrand analysed each brand on three parameters—financial profit, role of the brand in consumers’ purchasing decision and overall brand strength.

“The big contributor to the growth in Tata’s brand value has been Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),” Ashish Mishra, managing director of Interbrand India, told the Business Standard newspaper. TCS, the group’s software services company, is India’s biggest IT firm.

The $108 billion Tata group was founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868 as a trading company. Today, it has over 100 operating companies in more than 150 countries. The group has acquired some huge international assets, including the purchase of European steelmaker Corus in 2006, and Jaguar Land Rover from the Ford Motor Company in 2008. Tata has also brought popular cafe chain Starbucks to India and launched the country’s cheapest car, the Nano