For 2017-18, Rs 404.8 million has been allocated for the cybersecurity programme.
A parliamentary committee recently raised concerns about the decreasing allocation and utilisation of funds. It said this was an upcoming area and requiring increased allocation to meet the shortage of personnel, upgradation of technology and training, etc. It asked the ministry of electronics and IT (Meity) to give focused attention to cybersecurity and optimally utilise the allocations. The ministry has accepted the recommendations.
Meity says there were 9,622 cyber crime cases registered in 2014, growing to 12,317 during 2016. Experts say the profile and motivation of cyber attackers are changing. A new breed of cyber criminals has emerged, whose main aim is not only financial gain but to cause disruption to businesses in particular and the nation at large.
Governments and international bodies have realised the increasing threats to interconnected critical infrastructure and have taken various steps. India is among these. The National Cyber Security Policy aims to create a secure eco-system and strengthen the regulatory framework.
A National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre is the nodal agency under the National Technical Research Organisation for protection of key information infrastructure.