Cyber initiatives in India

India is no exception to cyber crime. The Indian government has been taking various initiatives and has become quite stringent about securing the cyber space of the country. From the IT Act 2000 to National Cyber Security Policy, India is facing the cyber crime challenge head-on.

National Cyber Security Policy 2013:

National Cyber Security Policy is a policy framework that intends to protect "information, such as personal information (of web users), financial and banking information and sovereign data". The policy is framed by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India. It aims at protecting the public and private infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Inter Departmental Information Security Task Force (ITSF)

In order to highlight the growing threat to information security in India and focus related actions, Government has set up an Inter Departmental Information Security Task Force (ISTF). The Task Force focused on issues such as:

  • National Information Security Threat Perceptions
  • Critical Minimum Infrastructure to be protected
  • Ways and means of ensuring Information Security including identification of relevant technologies Legal procedures required to ensure Information Security
  • Awareness, Training and Research in Information Security

Cyber Security R&D:

Research and development of indigenous cyber security solutions are promoted through sponsored projects at autonomous R&D organisations. The programme facilitates basic research, technology demonstration, proof of concept, R&D test bed projects, prototypes and skill enhancement of manpower, in the thrust areas identified.

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum:

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000, is an autonomous, not-for-profit society that promotes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering & biomedical research and innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. IUSSTF supports activities in areas like cyber security; microwave technology; RFID and wireless sensors. With this in mind, an Indo-US workshop on Cyber security, cyber-crime and cyber forensics was organized to discuss opportunities to integrate research, practice and educational efforts in the two countries to combat cyber-crime; and sharing expertise and knowledge on implementing cyber forensics.

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