After the attack on Sony in US, Naavi.org had pointed out that there is a need for Government subsidy for SMEs towards maintenance of Cyber Security. Now in a move which supports this view, the UK Government has come up with an innovative scheme to improve Cyber Security investments in SMEs through a system of granting Cyber Security vouchers to cover expenses for hiring experts etc.
The launch of the voucher scheme is part of a package of initiatives designed to increase the resilience of UK businesses to cyber-attacks. The new UK £ one million cyber security innovation vouchers scheme will offer micro, small and medium sized businesses up to £5,000 for specialist advice to boost their cyber security and protect new business ideas and intellectual property.
There is a lesson in this for Indian Digital India managers. We also need a similar scheme to augment the cyber security in the system.
The scheme need to be innovatively designed and effectively supervised so as to ensure that the funds are used productively.
This could be part of the over all Cyber Security policy of the Government, and needs to be explored furher.