Jammu And Kashmir Admin Mulls To Add Extra-Security To Its E-Office Files

Jammu and Kashmir administration has said it has been felt necessary to prohibit unauthorized personnel from accessing data from e-office files and references.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha

Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to introduce an extra layer of security to its e-office files to protect them from unscrupulous elements.

The government has taken this step to prevent unauthorized people from accessing its “sensitive data” online, IE reported.

The report quoting government’s communiqué said UT’s “general administration department (GAD) has asked the information technology department to institute procedures for User Accounts Management, Data Resource Protection and Sensitive System Protection in line with the Information Technology Act, 2000, within a week.”

The report further quoting circular said: “It should also submit monthly reports regarding unauthorised access, if any, to the GAD.”

“It has been felt necessary to prohibit unauthorized personnel from accessing data from e-office files and references,” the report quoting circular said.

“It also advised all the departments “to ensure that officers/officials who have been transferred out of the secretariat, or left their respective departments/organization and no longer need access to e-office, shall not get the privilege of any access to their previous accounts,”the report said.

“Further, all the departments shall designate a nodal officer for liaisoning with the Information Technology Department, in future, with regard to such officers/officials whose accounts need to be closed on account of their transfer or superannuation etc, so that their accounts are closed/suspended on time,” the report further quoting circular said.

The report also quoting sources said that “though they have not come across any instance of unauthorised access to its e-office files so far, one cannot rule out such an incident in the future”. 

“To safeguard sensitive information/references in official files, the UT’s e-office will soon have an extra layer of protection in the form of a firewall,” the report quoting a senior official said.