Government officials may no longer be able to use popular free e-mail services like Gmail and Yahoo for work by the end of the current fiscal year 2014-15, as the centre seeks to enforce a ban to safeguard critical and sensitive data.
The government has approved the proposal moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials.
A budget of Rs. 100 crore has been allocated for the project, which includes expanding infrastructure and ramping up security of servers that will be used to store the mails, Mr Sharma said.
The government’s move comes on the back of rising concerns of cyber crime. Earlier in September, five million usernames and passwords of Google were reported to have been leaked online by hackers.