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Ravi Shankar Prasad appeals Google to help improve cybersecurity in India

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in collaboration with the IT Ministry of India, launched the Digital Unlocked initiative in India.

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With the Indian economy suddenly being pushed towards the digital cave, there is naturally increasing concerns over cyber safety. The concerns aren t only bound around how to keep the digital economy secure in the country, but it also demands users in India to understand the issue, and to be trained for it. And so at the Google India event for the launch of Digital Unlocked initiative, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad appealed the company to work towards ensuring digital security in the country.

“In a larger push I want Google to be involved in a more meaningful way. The more digital India becomes, there would be challenges. I would appeal to Google to work more to ensure digital security. We have taken a lot of initiatives, but there has to be greater strengthening of the IT walls,” he said.

Prasad has been adamant that with the digital movement in the country, India must lead the movement and not just be a part of it. “We don’t want to miss the digital revolution, we want to become leaders in that,” he said. “The digital empowering of India may one day become a case study for the world. Digital delivery of India would be a benchmark for the rest of the developing world and that is how we see it. I would appeal to Google to become a part of the change that India is witnessing,” he added.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai today announced the Digital Unlocked initiative in India. Launched in collaboration with the IT Ministry of India and FICCI, the initiative is aimed at bringing the small businesses of the country online. Small & medium businesses hold the key to growth and bringing them online can truly unlock their potential, said Prasad. ALSO READ: Google CEO Sundar Pichai launches Digital Unlocked initiative for startups, SMEs in India

With the Indian government pushing the economy to everything-digital, the Digital Unlocked program is essentially an initiative to help small businesses and startups to grow their businesses digitally. The initiative aims to offer opportunities for SMEs in India to attend courses, which are being offered by FICCI and will be certified from Google and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

The problem with the current move towards a digital economy is that at the grassroot level, the skills to put digital technology to use is lacking. To help address this, Google s digital skills training program is aimed at helping those SMBs make the most out of the online medium to advance their business. ALSO READ: Apple ranked India s most reputed mobile phone brand: Report

The Internet and digital technology will be an engine of growth for the Indian economy. Today, anyone can become an entrepreneur, a developer, or a creator, but it is important that they have the right tools and skills to digitize. We believe it is important for us to invest in training and equipping these individuals and small businesses to accelerate their journey of growth, Sundar Pichai said at the event.

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  • Published Date: January 4, 2017 7:00 PM IST