The Department of Telecommunications ( DoT ) has directed all state-owned companies, central ministries and government departments to give preference to locally produced cyber security products in all public procurements. "Preference has to be given to `Make In India' cyber security products in public procurement by central ministries/departments, public sector undertakings (PSUs) and government organisations," DoT said in a circular, dated March 16. This, after the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) earlier this month had said it's awash with complaints from droves of indigenous cyber product companies about the challenges the latter are facing in participating in public procurement of such products. The MeitY, in a circular dated March 4, had said it had received several complaints that the procuring agencies are citing "restrictive and discriminatory conditions such as turnover, Gartner quadrant, and other certifications in their tenders," which is making it tough for local cyber security product makers to participate in the relevant bidding process. The telecom ministry and MeitY's joint call to all government undertakings to buy locally manufactured cyber-security products comes at a time when cyber security attacks and breaches in the country are reckoned to have jumped by over 500% since the Covid19 lockdowns… Read full this story
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