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R&D in Cyber Security


Cyber Security R&D is one of major initiatives identified for securing Cyber space with focus on promotion of R&D, demonstration, proof of concept and establishment of test beds for enhancing indigenous skills and capabilities in the cyber security. Research and development are carried out in the thrust areas of cyber security including (a) Cryptography and cryptanalysis, (b) Network & System Security, (c) Monitoring & Forensics and (d) Vulnerability Remediation & Assurance through sponsored projects at recognized R&D organizations. Government is closely working with Academia, Industry, National R&D labs and pursuing R& D solutions suitable to meet the security challenges faced in various critical information infrastructure and Law Enforcement Agencies.

The projects under cyber-security R&D programme has enabled to develop a cyber-security ecosystem for promotion and proliferation of indigenous cyber security solutions in India involving stakeholders from R&D organizations and User agencies

Thematic Areas of Research

The Cyber Security Research agenda may be developed for the following domains:

  1. Cryptography and cryptanalysis including the Post Quantum Cryptography and Quantum Cryptanalysis including (i) quantum key distribution (QKD) and (ii) quantum random number generators (QRNG)
  2. Critical Infrastructure Security
  3. Embedded System Security
  4. Zero Trust Architecture and Trusted Supply Chain
  5. IoT and Connected Devices Security
  6. 5G Wireless Security, Cloud , Edge and Fog Computing Security
  7. AI in Information Security including Threat Intelligence
  8. Digital Forensics and Monitoring tools
  9. Vulnerability prioritization, Remediation & Assurance
  10. Capacity Building and Awareness Creation

India needs to build a robust research base for technology and product development, testing, evaluation and certification framework and standardization to enhance cyber security posture of the country in a well-rounded fashion

The Cyber Security Strategic Research programme should be based on the following 4 principles:

  • Detect
  • Deter
  • Protect
  • Adapt

MeitY is closely working with Academia and R&D labs and pursuing research and development work which is suitable to meet the security challenges faced in various cyber security domains.