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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 18 May: WEST Bengal has decided to set up a state level computer emergency response team (CERT) on the lines of the one existing at the national level to deter and handle cyber-attacks.

This apart, a Cyber Security Centre of Excellence will also be set up in the state for research and imparting training to state government officials on the ever evolving cyber security threats and way to mitigate the same.

The decisions were announced today by the state information technology department secretary, Krishna Gupta, during a workshop attended by nodal officers from various departments, officers of the National Informatics Centre and the Kolkata Police. The workshop was organised at Shilp Sadan building at Camac Street in the city.

The workshop was organised in view of the “Wannacry” ransonware attack that has been reported in the past one week from various parts of the country, including as many as four districts of Bengal, namely West Midnapore, South Dinajpur, Birbhum, and East Mindapore.

Gupta told the workshop that all notwithstanding the stray cyber-attacks in power company offices in the districts, all the critical IT infrastructure in Bengal, such as the State Date Centre and the State Wide Area Network, have remained secure. The IT department is taking more steps to prevent any attack as per the advisory issued by the CERT from the Centre.

Kolkata Police’s additional commissioner Vineet Goyal, and experts from the PricewaterhouseCoopers, who addressed the workshop, briefed the nodal officers on ways to pre-empt cyber-attacks and the legal remedies available.