HYDERABAD: The Telangana government will launch a Security Operations Centre (SOC) in December to protect critical digital infrastructure of the government. SOC will be stationed at the State Data Centre. The government is determined to achieve international standards in establishing a cyber security ecosystem.
With the government pushing digital payments, the risks of cyber threats and cyber attacks have increased. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT Department, speaking at the Kenes Exhibitions International Cyber Security Conference on Thurs-day, said, “We would like to emulate the Israel cyber security model. We seek Israeli expertise in diagnosing our State government cyber policy and providing an audit report on it to help us create a secure ecosystem in Telangana.”
Ram Levi, a cyber security expert from Israel and CEO of Konfidas, said, “We did get a chance to look at the government’s policy. It is good and addresses all the needs of the state. We don’t want to follow a criticising approach but a critical approach when reviewing the policy.”
“There is strong opportunity for Israel and Telangana governments to collaborate and forge a similar partnership,” said Mr Levi. While Israel has about 360 start-ups working in cyber security, Telangana has only about 40-50. With the new policy, the government wants many more companies in the cyber security space and has promised to give them incentives.
Dr Shai Moses, Consul for Trade and Economic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Bangalore said, “Israel sees great potential for business partnerships with Indian companies and we welcome IT players to explore collaboration opportunities with Israel companies.”