NTA is preparing the roster of cyber consulting/audit firms. Only the firms on the list will be able to secure cyber security projects with telecom operators and ISPs in the country.
The roster will help firms carry out the project adhering to the Cyber Security Bylaw, 2077.
NTA expects to soon release the roster (standing list) of the consulting/audit firms to head cyber security of ISP and telcos in Nepal.
NTA has already reminded telcos and ISPs in the country that security audit is mandatory. This means all the communications service providers in Nepal will have to comply with the Cyber Security Regulation 2077.
Only the firms in the roster could serve with information security and cloud security auditing of telecom and internet service providers licensed by NTA.
Cyber security firms will be selected by NTA on the basis of their experience and the extent of capacity. The telecom companies and ISPs would only collaborate with the firms listed in the roster.
The regulator NTA has also set the minimum criteria for cyber security firms seeking approval to serve. Domestic and international firms can apply to serve as candidates to serve as auditing firms of service providers in Nepal.
NTA has requested vying Cyber Security Consulting/Audit firms to submit their application/proposal documents in either softcopy via email or hardcopy at its office as early as this fiscal year.
Cyber security in Nepal A Growing Need
Cyber security has grown intense over the past few months in Nepal. Just a few months ago, there was a temporary suspicion of the NTC server coming under attack.
During political skirmishes, both Nepali and Indian hackers boasted mutual expertise on hacking that breached news channels and government sites.
Having the backing of cyber security firms will strengthen digital protection from online threats and fortify sensitive data.
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