Government Plan to Establish a Secure Email Service for 5 Million Officials by March 2015

Government has approved a proposal submitted by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology(DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for 5 million government officials. The process is in implementing phase that is expected to be completed by March 2015.

As ET reported, a budget of INR 100 crore has been allocated for the project, which includes expanding infrastructure and ramping up security of servers that will be used to store the mails. The government has taken this step due to rising cyber crimes and hacking incidents. Earlier in September, 5 million usernames and passwords of Google were leaked online by the Russian hackers.

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To protect critical Government data, it aims to make it mandatory for government offices to communicate only on National Informatics Centre (NIC) platform and not commercial email services Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc. “We need to scale the infrastructure of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to accommodate this large number of officials. Also there will be a state-of-the-art security for the service to ensure nothing happens,” added DeitY Secretary R S Sharma.

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