Software Product Certification For e-Governance Initiative

First of its kind in India, the Union ministry of communications and IT has decided to set up a certification facility for software security products,in Kolkata, according to BJ Srinath, senior director of the ministry's Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In). It would be an important initiative for state governments and various government institutions as it will create security zones for the various e-governance applications, thereby curbing cyber crimes in e-governance. The city already has a government testing centre for software products.

Srinath further added, “We are creating necessary infrastructure in areas of testing and certification, which will save the Indian software developers working in security products the time and cost of getting certification from foreign countries. It will substantially lower the cost of development for Indian software companies.”

Security product certification at present is available in countries like Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia. India does not have any certification infrastructure so far, the reason being presence of very few Indian software products.

Total budget approved by the ministry for the accreditation and product testing facility is close to Rs 8 crore, said Srinath.