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Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday proposed setting up a National Forensic Science University to address the skill gap in cybersecurity space.

Saket Modi, co-founder & CEO, Lucideus, feels national cyber forensic university is a welcome step and will significantly boost cybersecurity skills within the country and help towards developing a more mature cybersecurity ecosystem in India.

Cyberattacks are no longer aimed just at businesses. Government agencies and infrastructure around the world including India are being targeted.

According to Sophos, a UK-based security company, India was the third most cyberattack prone country with 76% of businesses being targeted in 2018.

In November 2019, a malware was detected in the administrative network of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) run Kudanukulam Nuclear Power Plant.

“With cyber crimes increasing at a rapid rate, the need for cyber forensics has become more important than ever for a rapidly digitising country like India. This will definitely help in improving India’s expertise to solve complex cyber crimes," said Sanjay Katkar, joint MD and CTO at Quick Heal Technologies, a cybcersecurity company.

In addition to securing businesses operations and preventing disruptions, there is a strong impetus on protecting the vast amount of biometric data India is generating in the form of fingerprint and face.

Shortage of skilled people to address these issues is felt not just in India but globally too. Frost & Sullivan, a business consulting predicts that world will face shortage of as many as 1.8 million cybersecurity experts by 2022.

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