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Karnataka’s cyber security policy to be ready in three months

Cyber security has acquired heightened importance from governments and corporates after the Covid-19

Karnataka, for its cyber security policy has to wait a little more, as the government has decided to broaden its scope by touching upon the aspects dealt with by the e-governance and home departments as well.

To beef up cyber security and prevent financial frauds with the use of smartphones, the proposed policy will promote start-ups working on technologies, IT/BT minister CN Ashwath Narayan said. “We hope to complete the exercise in about two-three months,” he added.

With the help of the Centre of Excellence-Cybersecurity (CySec), the IT/BT department, in line with its past announcements as well as budget promise, had prepared a draft. When it came up before a recent Cabinet meeting for discussion, it was suggested that the IT/BT department include home and e-governance departments, too, in the exercise and get their inputs.

EV Ramana Reddy, additional chief secretary at the IT/BT department, told ET: “We have already had one round of meetings with the home and e-governance departments, and are meeting again soon. We hope to finalise the draft in the next couple of months.”

Including meetings with Amazon, VMware and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the IT/BT department had worked for about a year and held many stakeholder consultations to produce the draft policy paper.

The IT/BT department in Karnataka always focussed on aspects such as creating an innovative ecosystem in cutting-edge technologies and emerging sectors, industry-academia partnerships, strengthening the startup ecosystem, capacity building and awareness campaigns.

Including online transfer of various subsidies to beneficiaries, managing the backend processes like e-office and increasing the digitisation of governance, the e-governance department has been dealing with citizen-facing government services. It is also tasked with securing the government’s systems and processes.

The home department is handling aspects related to cybercrime and public awareness campaigns to prevent it.

Cyber security has acquired heightened importance from governments and corporates after the Covid-19 pandemic led to people taking to digital transactions extensively.

An IBM delegation led by its South Asia managing director, Sandeep Patil, in April this year, met minister Ashwath Narayan offering to share knowledge with the state government in cyber security and AI. To improve cyber-resilience and capacity development of the industry, the US technology giant recently opened a Security Command Centre in Bengaluru.

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