The users fear that their data would be used by Whatsapp to expand its marketing and advertising business by allowing Facebook to aggregate their data from the mobile messaging platform.
The government feels that there should be a robust cybersecurity infrastructure at a time when the Covid pandemic jacked up usage of digital services across India.
“When you have a digitally fast-growing economy, cyber trust becomes a critical element to ensure that we are able to achieve the intended economic outcome by the use of technology,” Jyoti said.
MeitY has taken several steps for cybersecurity, including setting up of Cyber Swachhta Kendra and sectoral CERTs in the area of finance and power, she said.
A single major cyber incident can put the country in darkness as the integrated grids are connected to nuke or coal plants, Jyoti said.
“We have to be up to speed to see that all these vulnerabilities are plugged and we are ahead of people who are trying to be in the damage need and, therefore, there is need for cyber experts,” she said.