The Ministry of Power (MoP) has notified an order issuing directions to protect security, integrity, and reliability of strategically important critical power supply system and network in the country.
As per the ministry, the vulnerabilities in the power system mainly arise out of cyberattacks through malware embedded in imported equipment. According to the order, all equipment, components, and parts imported for use in the power supply system and network will be tested in the country to check for any kind of embedded malware/trojans/cyber threats and for adherence to Indian standards. All such testing will be done in certified laboratories designated by the MoP. The MoP has made prior permission mandatory to import electricity equipment, used in supply network, from prior reference countries. The order will apply to any item imported for end use or to be used as a component, or as raw material in equipment be used in power supply system or any activity directly or indirectly related to power supply system.