National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Data Security Council of India have launched ‘NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force’. The task force aims to build India as a global hub for giving cyber security solutions, developing cyber security R&D plan and improve a skilled workforce of cyber security experts.
As far as taskforce’s members are concerned, it will include industry leaders across IT, BPM and Internet, banks and telcos as well as representatives from the government and academia.
It’s worth mentioning, over a 12 week period, the task force will study the Indian cyber security ecosystem to identify issues and challenges and build the detailed action plan for the sector under the supervisor of Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, NIIT who will chair this task force.
Rajendra Pawar, chair, NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force and chairman, NIIT, said, “Securing the cyberspace has become an important priority for governments, businesses and citizens across the world. In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of making India a cyber-security expert nation and his recent exhortation to the industry, we have created the cyber security task force. This task force aims to make India a global hub for providing cyber security solutions including cyber security products and services. The task force will focus on the four key pillars of Industry development, Policy enablement, Technology development and Skill development.”
Further, this task force will also identify possible intervention opportunities for the Indian IT industry in global cyber security space and bring together stakeholders from across the board to develop cutting-edge technologies and address the global market requirements, the website notes.
Mohan Reddy, chairman of NASSCOM, said, “Cyber Security is an important priority for NASSCOM. This Task Force will study the Indian cyber security ecosystem to identify issues and challenges and develop an action plan to address the priority issues.”
Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, said, “Cybersecurity is a multi-dimensional concept which includes many disciplines and fields. Nations have to take appropriate steps in their respective jurisdictions to create necessary laws, promote the implementation of requisite security practices, incident management, and information sharing mechanisms, and continuously educate both corporate and home users about cybersecurity. It is a global problem that has to be addressed by all stakeholders jointly. This Task Force will work towards enhancing cyber security and enabling India to emerge as a leader in this space.”
Mr Gopal Pillai, former Home Secretary and Chairman, DSCI said “Cyber Security has emerged as a key facet of national security. This initiative by NASSCOM and DSCI is an important effort aimed at optimizing the role of industry in this space, both at the national and international levels.”
NASSCOM says that the vision of this task force is to build the cyber security industry in India from the 1% market share to 10% by 2025.