India’s cyber-security budget was more than doubled last year. Yet, it is “woefully inadequate” in the wake of revelations made by US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and increasing cyber-attacks on government infrastructure, according to experts.
In 2014-15, the Department of IT has set aside Rs 116 crore for cyber security. The country has proposed to set up a national cyber coordination centre (NCCC) with a separate budget of Rs 1,000 crore. The coordination centre is still awaiting Cabinet clearance. “Allocation is woefully inadequate given Snowden’s revelations – we need at least 10 times that amount,” said Sunil Abraham, executive director at Center for Internet and Society.