An IT superpower, India has just 556 cyber security experts

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jun 20, 2013 12:00 am PST

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.