Giving final touch to cyber security standards for phones: Prasad

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The government is finalising cyber security standards for telephones, union minister for IT and electronics and law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasda said at an Assocham event held in New Delhi.

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“Let me tell all mobile manufacturing units that your product must be security-compliant, there shall be no compromise on that,” said Mr Prasad addressing an Assocham conference on Cyber and Network Security.

IT and electronics department had issued notice to most of the mobile companies manufacturing smart phones they were asked to furnish details related to cyber security.

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In last three years, 93 mobile manufacturing factories have come up in India with Noida emerging as a big hub for mobile manufacturing where 32 such factories have come up, he said.

Cyber-enabled security testing is going to become a big initiative in India. “We need low-cost cyber technology and low-cost well qualified cyber auditors,” he said. Highlighting various initiatives being undertaken by the government with regards to cyber security, he said.

“We are also insisting all banks to have cyber security auditors. We are unleashing a big challenge to have cyber security training, drills for officers, judges and policemen,” he added.

About the need to create human resource in field of cyber knowledge, he said that 44 universities and colleges have been identified in this regard. “We are going to begin cyber security educational course as a big learning ground to make good graduates for future requirement,” said Prasad adding that cyber security education is going to become a very good job giving education.

There have been three phases of growth of India’s IT industry, Prasad said. In phase one, Indian IT companies became the ‘toast of the world’ while in phase two, international giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter and others came to India considering it a huge market.

Since November 8, 2016, the transactions of BHIM app and Rupay have increased from 3,700 transactions per day to 5.4 lakh transactions per day while in terms of value it has risen from Rs 1.93 crore per day to Rs 87 crore per day. India’s digital economy which is today worth $500 million has the potential to become $1 trillion in the coming 4-5 years as digital highway of India is growing very fast.

By Baishakhi Dutta

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