The Ministry of Power (MoP) today issued an order on testing of all equipment, components, and parts used in the power supply system.
The ministry stated that the Power Supply System is a sensitive and critical infrastructure that supports not only our national defense, vital emergency services including health, disaster response, critical national infrastructure including classified data & communication services, defense installations, and manufacturing establishments, logistics services but also the entire economy and the day-to-day life of the citizens of the country.
Any danger or threat to the Power Supply system can have catastrophic effects and has the potential to cripple the entire country, it added.
The Ministry hence declared the Power Sector as a strategic and critical sector.
The order states that the vulnerabilities in the Power Supply System & Network mainly arise out of the possibilities of cyber-attacks through malware / Trojans etc. embedded in imported equipment.
To protect the security, integrity, and reliability of the strategically important and critical Power Supply System & Network in the country MoP issued the following directions :
- All equipment, components, and parts imported for use in the Power Supply System and Network shall be tested in the country to check for any kind of embedded malware/trojans/cyber threat and adherence to Indian Standards.
- All such testing shall be done in certified laboratories that will be designated by the Ministry of Power (MoP).
- Any import of equipment components/parts from “prior reference” countries as specified or by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or the directions of these “prior reference” countries will require prior permission of the Government of India
- The Ministry of Power (MoP) shall approve the protocol for testing in certified and designated laboratories where the equipment components/parts are imported from “prior reference” countries, with special permission.
This order is applicable to any item imported for end-use or to be used as a component, or as a part in manufacturing, assembling of any equipment, or to be used in power supply systems or any activity directly or indirectly related to power supply systems.
This order is issued with the approval of the Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy