India has emerged as one of the largest connected countries in the world, with more than 800 million Indians currently connected (using the Internet and cyberspace) and this number is expected to touch 120 million in the next few years. The Government of India has spent Rs 809.58 crore for this from 2019-20 to 2021-22. Also, Rs 515 crore has been allocated for cyber security program for 2022-23, said Rajiv Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MeitY). MeitY is also implementing a project titled ‘Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Project Phase II’ at a cost of Rs 96.08 crore for information security, training of government employees and capacity building in public. Information security awareness for different users, added the Minister.
Releasing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Cyber Security in New Delhi today, Chandrasekhar said, “Online security, online trust and online accountability are important for our government’s policy objectives and our duty towards the digital citizens of India. It has taken many initiatives over the years and has spent a considerable amount of money on creating an environment of security and confidence and tackling cyber security online. ”
A total of 78,021 candidates have been trained or are undergoing training in various formal / informal courses in data protection through 52 institutions, the minister said. In addition, the 5 technical universities participating under the project have reported about 2.74 lakh candidates as being trained in formal courses in their respective affiliated colleges. 22,881 government employees have been trained in data protection through direct / e-learning / VILT mode, including 10,045 government employees of Union Ministries / Departments. So far, 1,360 awareness workshops have been conducted across the country, 2,44,883 participants in 41 training programs and 1,24,086 school teachers have been trained as master trainers. About 5.75 crore beneficiaries have been affected through indirect mode, the minister said.
“The point I want to make is that cybersecurity, online security, online trust and secure cyberspace is a very important goal and a very important goal for a country like ours, which has a trillion-dollar economy and 1.2 billion Indians aspiring online. A large number of initiatives have been taken and the cyber security guidelines are part of an overall strategy to create a secure cyberspace, “added Chandrasekhar.
As the Internet is being used for countless other applications and services, including business, education, finance and digital government services, it is the policy goal of the Government of India to ensure a secure and reliable Internet experience for Indian Internet users. Cyber security guidelines are part of an overall framework to ensure online security and trust for users, the minister added.