NEW DELHI: US-based Akamai Technologies is eyeing to secure Digital India infrastructure and is in talks with the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) and Central agencies such as Cert-In and NIC, as well as state governments seeking advisory to set up Cybersecurity centres.
“We are in discussions with the policy makers as well as DeitY, Cert-In and NIC to see how can we contribute to Digital India vision and are in touch with some state governments looking at advisory roles to set up Cybersecurity command centres and build their infrastructure,” Akamai Technologies MD & VP Sidharth Malik told ETTelecom.
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is responsible for national ICT infrastructure creation while the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) deals with the safety from Cyber threats and strengthens security-related defence for the Indian Internet space.
Malik, however, said that the company is also in discussions with the Digital India stakeholders to add value to the ambitious state-driven initiative in terms of securing government sites and accelerating workloads.
Akamai is a content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider, headquartered in Cambridge, and serves more than 300 large businesses in India that include stock exchanges, eCommerce firms and technology multinationals.
“Digital assets which are readily available should be secure and with Aadhaar coming in, it is becoming a challenge to protect digital identity of every citizen,” Akamai top executive said.
The company is anticipating huge growth in Internet-based applications on the back of government-driven citizen services and BharatNet which aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by March 2018.
Akamai platform carries 50 Exabyte of data and interacts with 1.3 billion unique client devices for 3 trillion transactions a day, which it believes would increase by at least three fold by the end of 2020.
The US multinational, however, said that there has been a growth in Cyberattack activities in India lately and attackers have been using sophisticated tools, and added that it was able to defend some recent attacks.
“Government should also look at security aspect as the internet is a state-wide apparatus,” Malik said, adding that it should be a top priority with one Cyberattack is being reported worldwide in every 10 minutes.
With a focus on less-cash economy, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is setting up infrastructure to make Cybersecurity including cashless transactions foolproof, and issued a number of advisories to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as well as state governments.
Following a severe attack in May this year by ransomware WannaCry across 100 countries that include a couple of banks, manufacturing and FMCG firms in India, in June, a similar attack hit the country’s largest port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai closing down operations at one of its three terminals.
The infrastructure for Smart City projects, including sensor-based communication, according to the executive, should be secured from Cyberattacks and if Internet-centric applications are not secure, people would have no confidence in coming back online.
The company is also working on technologies to reduce latency which it believes is a pain point for many OTT (over-the-top) players.
With affordable smartphones from Chinese vendors and inexpensive broadband plans, Internet penetration is growing in tandem with efforts from telecom service providers, the content delivery giant said, adding that he 4G push over the last one year by all telcos helped in increasing last-mile connectivity.
The company feels that India is becoming mobile-first in Internet adoption and 81% people accessed Internet on mobile devices last year alone. It feels that by 2020, more than 50% of retail transactions would be done on mobile phones.
The government, citing industry findings, expects Internet subscribers in India to reach 730 million by 2020, from the 391.50 million as of December 31, 2016, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) data.