National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) launched the NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force that aims to build India as a global hub for providing cyber security solutions, developing cyber security R&D plan and develop a skilled workforce of cyber security experts.
The task force would be chaired by Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, NIIT . It conprises of industry leaders across IT, BPM and Internet, leaders from user organizations like banks and telcos as well as representatives from the government and academia.
Pawar 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, 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 taskforce will focus on the four key pillars of Industry development, Policy enablement, Technology development and Skill development.”
The task force will study the Indian cyber security ecosystem to identify issues and challenges and develop an action plan to address the priority issues.
“It 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. Learnings from global countries will be undertaken to understand how to catalyse the security product ecosystem in India”. Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Nasscom said.
Urging all stakeholders to jointly address the global issue of cyber threat, R. Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom, said, “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 cybersecurit.” “This Task Force will work towards enhancing cyber security and enabling India to emerge as a leader in this space.”
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.”