With a view to safeguard critical and sensitive data, the government has decided to accept the proposal moved by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials at a budget of INR 100 Crores. By the end of the current fiscal year, five million officials will be using the government’s secure email.
DeitY Secretary R S Sharma has told PTI that currently about a million officials are covered by secure mail and that it needs to scale up to cover a total of 5 million employees. This process will be completed by March 2015 and will include expanding infrastructure and improving security of servers that will be used to store the mails.
This move has come amid the rising reports of cyber-crime around the world and intelligence agencies spying on internet data on various countries. It will make sure that government employees do not use commercial email services. Defence Ministry and External affairs have been barred from using the NIC platform and will have its own secure mail server.