Cyber Swachhta Kendra is an initiative launched by the NSE to Protect Stock Markets from Cyber Threats

Cyber Swachhta Kendra

Cyber Swachhta Kendra is an initiative launched by the NSE to Protect Stock Markets from Cyber Threats

Mumbai:  The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has taken significant measures to safeguard the integrity of India’s stock trading business in light of the increasing global cyber threat landscape. Stockbrokers satisfying specific criteria, including those with a client base of more than 50,000 active traders and providing Internet-Based Trading platforms, have been requested to register themselves on the recently established ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ (CSK) platform by November 6, 2023.

Addressing the Rising Wave of Cyber Threats

In its statement issued on October 16, the NSE emphasized the escalating occurrence of cyber attacks on a global scale. The statement underscored the significant consequences of these occurrences on enterprises and the vulnerability of sensitive data due to malware infections on endpoint computer devices.

The aforementioned statement highlights the notable increase in cyber-attacks targeting enterprises worldwide, resulting in disruptions to their business operations and the unauthorized exposure of sensitive data due to malware infections on endpoint computing devices. In order to address the issue of malware and botnet infestations, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has introduced an effort called the ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ (CSK). This program aims to offer knowledge and facilitate the disinfection of computer systems for enterprises by providing them with free-of-charge solutions specifically designed for cleaning malware and botnets.

Who Should Onboard?

Stockbrokers who meet the criteria of having a clientele exceeding 50,000 active traders and providing internet-based trading services are obligated to register themselves on the CSK platform. Nevertheless, the NSE statement additionally offered the opportunity for those members who do not satisfy these conditions to voluntarily avail themselves of the services provided by CSK.

The Onboarding Principles and Procedures

In order to facilitate the onboarding process for stockbrokers, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) has outlined a set of essential particulars that need to be provided to the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSK) by email at the designated address “[email protected].” The aforementioned information comprises:

  • Member ID
  • Member Name
  • Registered and Correspondence address
  • Details of the number of data centers and their locations
  • Name and contact details (email ID and postal address) of the Chief Information Security Officer/ Chief Information Officer (CISO/CIO)
  • All Public IP address ranges used by the respective organization (data center, branches, etc.) in CIDR notation (Classless Inter-Domain Routing – CIDR)
  • Details of a dedicated point of contact/email ID for receiving automated email notifications from “Cyber Swachhta Kendra” on a daily basis

Establishing Reliance with Cyber Swachhta Kendra

Trading members seeking to establish communication with CERT-In Cyber Swachhta Kendra can avail themselves of the following channels:

This noteworthy advancement seeks to enhance the cybersecurity framework of the stock trading sector, thereby safeguarding sensitive information and maintaining uninterrupted business operations in light of the increasingly complex and evolving cyber threat environment. Stockbrokers are strongly advised to adhere to the prescribed requirements and undertake requisite measures to protect their operations and clientele from any cyber risks. The proactive stance of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) highlights its dedication to upholding the integrity of India’s financial markets notwithstanding the increasing prevalence of cyber threats.


About The Author:

Yogesh Naageris a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.


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