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Task force to make India cyber security hub
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (R&D) plan and a skilled workforce on experts in the domain
 
Indian IT industry body Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India on Monday set up a task force to make the country a global hub for providing cyber security solutions.
 
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (R&D) plan and a skilled workforce on experts in the domain.
 
NIIT chairman Rajendra Pawar will head the task force, with members from the IT industry, user organisations like banks and telcos and representatives from the government and academia.
 
"Securing the cyberspace has become a priority for governments, businesses and citizens the world over. In line with the prime minister's vision of making India a cyber-security expert nation and his recent exhortation to the industry, we have created the cyber security task force," Pawar said in a statement here.
 
The task force will focus on four pillars of industry development, policy enablement, technology development and skill development.
 
"The task force will study the cyber security ecosystem to identify issues and develop an action plan to address priority issues," said Nasscom chairman Mohan Reddy.
 
The task force will explore opportunities for the IT industry in the global cyber security space and facilitate stakeholders to develop technologies required in the global market.
 
"As cyber security is multi-dimensional, nations have to frame laws, promote security practices, incident management, information-sharing mechanisms and educate users about it," said Nasscom president R. Chandrashekhar.
 
"Cyber security has emerged as a key facet of national security. The initiative is an effort to optimise the role of the industry at the national and international levels," said DSCI chairman and former home secretary Gopal Pillai.
 
The task force will aim at building the cyber security industry in India and having 10 percent market share by 2025 from one percent currently, a trained base of one million certified and skilled cyber security professionals and about 100 security products across the country.
 

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Malaysia Airlines to lay off one-third of 20,000 staff
Malaysia Airlines is expected to lay off roughly one-third of its 20,000 staff on Wednesday, under its restructuring plans to make the company more profitable, media reported on Monday.
 
The entire 20,000-employee workforce will actually be terminated, and then two-thirds of them will be given new contracts.
 
Executive chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mohammad Faiz Azmi has been appointed as the airlines' administrator and would head the process of letting go the employees.
 
After restructuring, the airline will mainly operate within the country, according to the Malaysia Chronicle.
 
Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller said in a statement that flight operations would continue normally, maintaining all prior schedules and reservations.
 
The company had been suffering, and two air accidents in 2014 put the company in a further precarious position.
 
On March 8 last year, Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, while four months later, Flight MH17, with 289 people on board, crashed in eastern Ukraine, where clashes were escalating between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. 

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