India has been stressing too hard to adopt indigenously made hardware and software. Indian government has made it very clear that preference would be given to telecom equipments manufactured in India. Further, India has also justified its preferential market access (PMA) policy for domestic telecom equipment manufacturers.
The stress for domestically manufactured hardware and software has not arisen out of blue. Security concerns are behind taking such precautionary moves. For instance, Huawei and ZTE are in telecom security tangle of India and other nations like United States. India even made telecom security a part and parcel of its national telecom policy of India 2012. Now Huawei is trying to inculcate trust among US government over telecom security issues. Companies like Huawei and ZTE are also in constant talks with other nations, including India, in this regard.
India is also in the process of formulating norms for import of telecom equipments in India. Indian government is also planning a legislation mandating strict cyber security disclosure norms in India. Indian government has also directed that mobile service providers of India shall use Indian made SIM cards.
Even social media platforms are under security scanner and it has been proposed to have social media platforms of Indian origin. Security agencies of India have also been insisting that Internet telephony and VOIP service providers must establish servers in India now.
It has been reported that U.S. government is the biggest buyer of malware in the world. Even anti virus updates are potential tool to install malware on the targeted systems. Naturally, Indian intelligence agencies are insisting upon indigenously manufactured software and hardware so that these possibilities can be ruled out.
Indian security agencies are not happy that they have to rely on foreign-made cyber security software from the likes of Symantec and McAfee to protect India’s critical information technology infrastructure.
The deliberations to renounce commercial anti-virus and security software were undertaken at a recent inter-agency meeting on cyber security organised by the National Security Council, and attended by officials from the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Cyber Emergency Response Team, and the defence forces.
The cyber security policy of India has also advocated indigenously manufactured software and hardware. The shift from foreign made products to Indian made products would be not easy. We wish all the best to Indian government in this regard.