The Union Cabinet, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved the expansion of the Digital India programme. The Cabinet approved a fund boost of Rs 14,903 crore towards the expansion of the Digital India Scheme with a significant focus placed on improving cybersecurity in India.
The efforts will include training around 2,65,000 citizens under the Information Security & Education Awareness (ISEA) Phase Programme. This announcement by the Indian government will give a boost to the digital economy of India, drive digital access to services and support India’s IT and electronics ecosystem.
Commenting on the initiative by government, Sunil Sharma, Vice President – Sales India and SAARC, Sophos said, "India's expansion of the Digital India Programme reflects a visionary stride towards technological empowerment. The infusion of Rs 14,903 crore underscores the nation's commitment to fostering digital skilling, cybersecurity, and AI innovation. As a leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos recognizes the pivotal role of cybersecurity in this journey. The acute skills gap in cybersecurity is an ongoing concern. This plan to train 265,000 citizens in cybersecurity under the ISEA Programme, is a positive step forward.”
He further added, “However, bridging the skill gap requires collective efforts and Sophos is steadfast in providing AI powered security solutions as well as collaborating with academia, industry, and the government to nurture a skilled workforce. Together, we can fortify India's digital landscape and ensure a secure and prosperous future."