A new government order restricts employees from using third-party, non-government cloud platforms. Which includes Google Drive and Dropbox as well as virtual private network (VPN) services including NordVPN and ExpressVPN. The order passed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been circulated to all ministries and departments. And all government employees are required to comply with the directive, Gadgets 360 has learnt. The new move by the government comes just weeks. After directing VPN service providers and data centre companies to store their user data for up to five years.
The 10-page document ordered employees to not upload or save any internal, restricted, confidential government data or files on any non-government cloud.
Citing an increased number of cyberattacks and threat perception to the government. The 10-page document seen by Gadgets 360 ordered employees to not upload or save any internal, restricted, confidential government data or files on any non-government cloud service (ex: Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.). The document is titled Cyber Security Guidelines for Government Employees. In addition to restricting employees from using the popular cloud services. The government instructed employees through its directive to not use any third-party anonymization services. And VPNs, including NordVPN, ExpressVPN, Tor, and proxies. Additionally, it directed the workforce to refrain from using unauthorised remote administration tools. Such as TeamViewer, AnyDesk, and Ammyy Admin, among others.
Government employees are also directed to not use any external email services for official communication. And conduct sensitive internal meetings and discussions using “unauthorised third-party video conferencing or collaboration tools. The government additionally ordered employees to not use any external websites or cloud-based services for converting/ compressing a government document. It also directed the workforce to not use any external mobile app-based scanner services. Including CamScanner for scanning internal government documents.