[ISN] An IT superpower, India has just 556 cyber security experts

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/an-it-superpower-india-has-just-556-cyber-security-experts/article4827644.ece By SANDEEP JOSHI The Hindu June 19, 2013 The world may acknowledge India as an information technology superpower, but its very own official cyber security workforce comprises a mere 556 experts deployed in various government agencies. How “grossly inadequate” is India’s cyber security manpower can be gauged by the fact that China has 1.25 lakh experts, the U.S. 91,080 and Russia 7,300. “The existing combined strength of cyber security experts in all organisations in the government domain is 556, which is grossly inadequate to handle cyber security activities in a meaningful and effective manner,” says a secret note prepared by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which is engaged in creating an elaborate ‘cyber security architecture’. Waking up from a deep slumber, the government has decided to recruit 4,446 experts to be deployed in six organisations that would take care of India’s cyber security infrastructure. These are the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy), which includes Indian- Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the National Informatics Centre (NIC); the Department of Telecom (DoT); the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO); the Ministry of Defence; the Intelligence Bureau (IB); and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Of the 4,446 posts, the armed forces will get a majority of the experts (1,887), followed by NTRO (695), DEITy (590), IB (565), DoT (459) and DRDO (250). The experts will take care of traffic scanning and mitigation, system audit and forensics, assurance and certification, research and development, and coordination. An internal study conducted by the NSCS revealed that all major countries have established mechanism and organisations dedicated to cyber security, a field where India has fared poorly. […] _______________________________________________ ISN mailing list ISN@lists.infosecnews.org http://lists.infosecnews.org/mailman/listinfo/isn_lists.infosecnews.org