Cyber Security Research and Development Fund

The union government is setting up a cyber security research and development fund of ₹1,000 crores.

First proposed in 2013, it will be implemented by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS).

It will be administered by a high-power committee headed by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

Spanning over 5 years, the fund will be spent on technology for protection of critical infrastructure needed by law enforcement agencies.

Activities covered under the programme will include support for R&D projects, setting up centres of excellence, an inter-operability laboratory to test the developed hardware and software products, indigenisation of products, and human resource development.

The fund will be sourced from the annual budgets of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under a separate head.