NIIT Ltd, Chairman Rajendra Pawar Will Study Cybersecurity Threats

Indian IT industry body Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India on Monday set up a task force to make the country a global hub for providing cyber security solutions.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (Ramp;D) plan and a skilled workforce on experts in the domain.

NIIT chairman Rajendra Pawar will head the task force, with members from the IT industry, user organisations like banks and telcos and representatives from the government and academia.

“The prime minister had called out the industry for creating a cybersecurity task force and turning the threat into an opportunity during the Nasscom’s 25th anniversary,” Pawar said on Monday. “We believe the threat perception will drive the recognition of the opportunity to develop the cyber security market.”

The taskforce will help grow the local cyber security industry from its 1% share of the overall information technology-business process management (BPM) market to 10% by 2025. It will also work towards training and certifying 1 million cybersecurity professionals and developing 100-plus security product companies from India in the same time period. The task force held its first meeting on Monday.

“Cybersecurity is an important priority for Nasscom. This task force will study the Indian cybersecurity ecosystem to identify issues and challenges and develop an action plan to address the priority issues,” said Mohan Reddy, chairman, Nasscom. “It will also identify possible intervention opportunities for the Indian IT industry in global cybersecurity 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”.

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