It is rare to find a Make in India Cyber Security Solution in an exhibition, conference or seminar, as one scans the various forums one finds a few Make In India Cyber Security Solutions.
If India wants to be a Digital State then there is an urgent need for Cyber Security Solutions Made in India for Indians and managed in India. We do have a few home grown OEM security solutions but their engines are loaned from foreign security companies.
We claim to be an IT superpower, does it stop with being cyber coolies? or does it go beyond that in making world class solutions to protect our Digital environment.
All our mobile data is stored in a foreign country, we use solutions that we find free or paid from foreign shores, of course the internet is one world but who controls the data controls the digital world.
There were enthusiastic Indian entrepreneurs who did try to make Security solutions in India but I have not see any of them making it to the big league. Maybe Indian CISOs trust foreign vendors and prefer to take a safe route than bet on a local vendor.
We are good at cyber security forensics, consulting and processes but we are laggards when it comes to building cyber security solutions. I know of a few companies who have been trying for a decade to make digital security solutions in India but they face an uphill task in Indians accepting their solution. Unfortunately even in Digital Security Solutions we prefer the foreign tag.
There is an Indian company who is fatigued by selling to Indian CISO’s, the innumerable pilots and proof of concepts has taken its toll, he is now selling his company to a global company which finds value in his intellectual property. A sad ending to a make in India endeavour; the irony is Indians will buy this made in India solution when it is rebranded and shipped via the global company.
Organizations like the Department of Information Technology and DSCI and Nasscom must focus on incubating companies to make digital cyber security solutions for India and the Government must encourage, fund and subsidize the manufacture of the same.
When will this change, I believe it has to change today, we must start encouraging and incubating cyber security professionals to make Digital security solutions in India to be deployed in India. We must support and make sure that the Government of India and other Indian organizations use only Make in India digital security solutions .
It makes no sense for India an aspiring Digital Super Power to have its security keys in a third country and also get its security patches from a third country.
Infosys is attempting to be a product company, they may want to consider the opportunity to incubate cyber security digital solutions made in India for India. Other large Indian companies too must follow, if India wants to be a true Digital Super Power it must learn first to protect itself with Digital Cyber Security Tools which it owns and control before it can strut like a proud Peacock on the global digital highway.
It is nice to have conferences and seminars and round tables and cocktails all funded by foreign digital cyber security companies, when will be the day when these events will be hosted by Indian companies who deliver Make in India cyber security solutions.
The time has come to derive inspiration from the poem To India my native land by Henry Louis Vivian Derozio who though a foreigner wanted India to be self reliant.
My country! In thy day of glory past
A beauteous halo circled round thy brow,
And worshipped as a deity thou wast.
Where is that glory, where that reverence now?