Centre backs local cybersecurity tech

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Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Basics of cyber security

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level:Read the attached story

Mains level: Important decision taken by the government. Also, the topic is specially mentioned in the syllabus, and is therefore, very important for the exam.


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New Policy

  1. The government will soon announce a policy that accords preference in official procurement to ‘Made in India’ antivirus and cybersecurity solutions
  2. Why: To promote domestic technology and preventing data theft by foreign entities
  3. Preference for domestic products would also be given for cybersecurity products used by intelligence agencies

Draft notification by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)

  1.  MeitY has issued a draft notification which states “preference shall be provided by all procuring entities to domestically manufactured/ produced cybersecurity products
  2. The notification will cover all products and software used for maintaining confidentiality, availability and integrity of information by protecting computing devices from attack, damage, or unauthorized access

Who is ‘local supplier’?(according to the notification)

  1. The draft notification has defined ‘local supplier’ as a company incorporated and registered in India,
  2. Adding that revenue from the product and revenue from Intellectual Property licensing should accrue to the company
Cyber Security – CERTs, Policy, etc
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