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Domestic Tech Security Firms get Priority in Govt. Purchases

  • 16 Jul 2018
  • 2 min read

Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) passed an order that notified Cyber Security as a strategic sector and preference shall be provided to procure domestically manufactured/produced Cyber Security Products.

Key Highlights

  • The government has mandated giving preference in all public procurement to locally produced cybersecurity products where intellectual property rights are owned by companies or startups incorporated in India.
  • The notification is based on Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017 which aims to enhance income and employment in the country.
  • Preference will be granted to a firm incorporated and registered in India or to start-up firms that meet the prescribed definition, provided revenue from the product and intellectual property licensing accrues to the firm in India.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) registration is not mandatory; however, a firm claiming benefit should have the right to use and commercialize the product without third party-consents, distribute and modify it.
  • It is important for India to use and promote indigenous cybersecurity products to protect its information space as well to promote startups and ensure economic prosperity.


  • Ever since its digital transformation has gained pace, India has been at the epicenter of cyber attacks executed by cybercriminals, hacktivists and mostly non-state actors.
  • As per information provided by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total no. of 53081 cyber security incidents were observed during the year 2017.
  • India continues to be second most impacted by spam and bots, third most impacted by network attacks, and fourth most impacted by ransomware.
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