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Natgrid begins operations; high security protocols deployed

Natgrid, the ambitious counter-terror mechanism envisaged post 26/11, has discreetly begun churning out vital information for Indian security agencies even as high-level security arrangements have been put in place to aggressively guard the system against any breach in its platform.

National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) CEO Raghu Raman, who has been leading the creation of the ambitious department under the union home ministry, said 21 data sources of various intelligence and enforcement agencies have been brought on board to put together a better picture of an incident which could be used not only to counter an impending threat but also trail suspects.

‘In many ways it (Natgrid) has started.There are certain elements being helped out where it is required,’ Raman said when asked if the grid has begun doing its job and dishing out logical clues to law enforcement agencies in the country.

The CEO, who was picked up for the creation of this ambitious project after his stint in the private sector Mahindra group, says Natgrid ‘has been delayed’ in some senses ‘to make sure that the security protocols of the data sources it is using are very strong.’

‘The security (of Natgrid) has been kept at the highest level. As a matter of fact, I can technology-wise guarantee you that the way Natgrid will protect data will be far higher than the protection given to the data in its original location. Security is definitely at a much higher grade than the original place where the data is,’ Raman said dismissing concerns over sanctity of the classified and personal user data it will access to discharge its task. Raman clarified that the Natgrid is not using databases but 21 data sources.
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