NEW DELHI: At a time when the threat of cyberattacks is growing, including those from China, the Union government has approved Rs 196 crore for a national technical centre at IIT Kanpur to counter such threats. Besides, in a first for the country, the institute will also roll out an MTech degree in cyber security from the next year.
Known as C3ihub — Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity of Cyberphysical systems Innovation Hub — the centre will include faculty from various foreign and Indian varsities.
The centre will handle cyber threats to organisations working across three systems — critical infrastructure security, automotive security and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) security.
Dr Ashustosh Sharma, secretary, department of science and technology, said “considering the need of the hour, the capabilities of the upcoming centre are being scaled up by investing over Rs 100 crore in cyber security infrastructure, human resources, theory and practice.”