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Quick Heal, CERT-In Collaborate for ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’

Through this collaboration Quick Heal will support the ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ by providing its  ‘Bot Removal tool’ to CERT-In; The collaboration aims at empowering users to deal with cyberattacks, botnets and malware

Quick Heal Technologies will be collaborating with Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, also referred as CERT-In for its ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’. CERT-In will be providing Quick Heal’s ‘Bot Removal tool’ free of cost to its users. The indigenously developed tool will continuously monitor the threat landscape for new bots and prevent them from damaging the user’s device by creating an antidote for every bot.

In India, approximately 50% of PCs and laptops do not have a security software installed and are hence, exposed to cyberattacks. To address this challenge, Quick Heal has been closely working with CERT-In to develop effective solutions to deal with cyberattacks. CERT-In is the nodal agency responsible for dealing with cyber incidents in the country.

The Cyber Swachhta Kendra is a Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre (BCMAC), inaugurated by Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad on February 21, 2017. BCMAC is a part of the Government’s Digital India initiative under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

Sanjay Katkar, MD & CTO, Quick Heal Technologies Limited says; “Being an Indian organization, we consider it to be our prime responsibility to support CERT-In in strengthening the cybersecurity ecosystem of the country. It has been an honour to collaborate with CERT-In and support them in their various endeavours which are aimed at creating a cyber secure country.”

“At Quick Heal, we focus on continuous innovation and over the years we have built a wide portfolio of products and solutions which have helped our users in protecting their hardware and information. Through our expertise we demystify emerging threats, provide security insights and proactive recommendations to secure data, devices and networks.” added Katkar.

Director General, CERT-In Dr. Sanjay Bahl mentioned “We are glad that we are working with Quick Heal and other security vendors. The users are advised to visit the Cyber Swachhta Kendra portal from where they can download free cleaning tools for computers and mobiles. Around 3900 users have so far downloaded the tools. We look forward to continued collaboration with security vendors for providing solutions to citizens.

Rajesh Ghonasgi, CFO, Quick Heal Technologies Limited says; “This collaboration reflects on our capability, expertise and commitment in addressing cybersecurity challenges and helping the user population.” He further added; “This will further strengthen Quick Heal’s position as the leader in the IT security solutions industry and it also confirms the robustness of our products.”

Quick Heals ‘Bot Removal tool’ helps in detecting and removing any botnet infection including the latest bot malware.  The Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre (BCMAC) will have a mechanism to automatically detect botnets and analyse the behaviour of a malware to find out if it is new or a modified version of an existing malware.

IT security is not far from becoming a topic of National concern. Introducing advanced technologies and products, conducting high-end research, sharing intelligence through comprehensive threat reports, creating awareness around cybersecurity and preparing to deal with cyberattacks is the need of the hour. Quick Heal has been proactive on all these fronts and has been successful in implementing and executing various initiatives.

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