The Indian government will now be using its own secure email by March 2015 as to safeguard critical and sensitive government data it has planned to ban use of popular email services like Gmail and Yahoo! in its official communication.

The proposal to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials, which was moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has been approved by the government and that by March 2015, 5 million officials will be using it. A budget of Rs 100 crore has already been allocated to the project that will include increasing infrastructure and additional security of servers that will be used to store the mails.

As revealed by the report, apart from that of the Ministry of Defence and External Affairs, all government communication will be done using the NIC platform. The Defence Ministry has its own separate secure email server and the External Affairs ministry may also follow soon.

“We are in the process of implementing this. At present about a million officials are covered by it and we need to scale it to cover a total of 5 million employees. This process will be completed by March 2015,” DeitY Secretary R S Sharma.

“We need to scale the infrastructure of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to accommodate this large number of officials. Also there will be a state-of-the-art security for the service to ensure nothing happens,” he said.

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The move is basically the result of five million usernames and passwords of Google being leaked online by Russian hackers, earlier this month. Governments worldwide have been trying to secure their official communication post Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance.

Source: digit

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