India Bytes: Indo-US Technology Initiative; GitHub’s program, Cisco’s new

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden met on the sidelines of a meeting of Tokyo Quad leaders for a bilateral meeting on May 24, 2022. The two countries have announced a technology cooperation initiative and investment initiative with the United States Agency for International Development.

India and the United States have launched an initiative on crucial emerging technologies (iCET), an initiative led by two National Security Councils to collaborate on important and emerging technologies. Examples of Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G / 6G, Biotech, Semiconductor and Space are listed in Indian Readout.

The United States said in its readout that it would join six technology innovation centers in India this year to support at least 25 joint research projects, including AI, data, health, climate and agriculture.

GitHub, Microsoft’s proprietary open-source repository platform, has announced that its ‘sponsored’ program is now available in India. As a result, developers can now create ‘sponsor’ profiles and begin receiving financial support for their contributions to open source.

Developers in India who were already on the waiting list are now part of this program.

According to the company’s statement on May 23, 2022, early users have already begun to receive financial support and recognition from influential people in the open-source community, and GitHub sponsors are making internships and full-time positions easier for them.

GitHub has over 8 million developers in India, making it the second largest developer community on GitHub.

Indian developers contributed more than 200 200 million to open source software projects last year. More than 10 million software projects worldwide depend on packages made in India.

Cisco has launched a new cybersecurity assessment tool to enable small and medium-sized businesses in Asia Pacific to better understand their overall security stance, according to a statement from Cisco.

The new online evaluation tool evaluates each organization’s “cyber security readiness” through the lens of “Zero Trust”, the notion that all efforts to access an organization’s network architecture are not granted until trust verification. When a user accesses an application using a device, both the user and the device are verified, constantly monitored with that trust. It helps protect the application and environment of the organization from any user, device and location.

Cybersecurity has become a key focus area for companies as they embrace hybrid work, allowing employees to work securely from anywhere and through a variety of devices. This has widened the scope of the attack and increased the cyber security risks that companies have traditionally created to protect their business.

The tool evaluates the organization’s level of maturity in six areas of Zero Trust, such as user and identity, device, network, workload (application), data and security activities. Once an organization enters into its security capabilities and policy details, the tool evaluates the organization’s overall security stance based on industry and sector benchmarks.

According to Cisco’s Cybersecurity for SMBs: Asia Pacific Business Ready for Digital Defense Study, in 2021, more than half (62%) of India’s SMBs were victims of cyber incidents. During the same period, three out of four (74%) in India were infected with SMB cyber.

The overall Indian public cloud services market is expected to reach $ 13.5 billion by 2026, with a CAGR of 24% for 2021-26, according to a release from IDC.

The Indian public cloud services market, which includes infrastructure-as-services, platform-to-service solutions and software-to-services, had a total revenue of $ 4.6 billion for 2021, according to IDC’s global half-yearly population. 2H21 (July-December).

“Digital innovation is set to accelerate cloud adoption in 2022, leading to top business objectives for Indian companies. Driven by the need for agility, flexibility and quick access to digital technology, the cloud continues to gain momentum across various segments. And enterprises are able to do this with access to technologies built into the Cloud Foundation, “said Rishu Sharma, Associate Research Director, IDC India Cloud and Artificial Intelligence.

SaaS continues to be the largest component of the overall public cloud services market, followed by IaaS and PaaS in 2021. Public cloud costs continue to rise among enterprises, with the top two service providers accounting for more than 45% of the Indian public cloud services market. , Said the release.

India is among the fastest growing markets for universal cloud service providers due to large enterprises, digital natives and strong demand from small and medium enterprises in the country.

According to the IBM survey, Indian and Chinese companies are leading the way in the use of artificial intelligence compared to major technologically advanced countries.

“Chinese and Indian companies are leading the way. About 60 percent of IT professionals in that country say their companies are already actively using AI, compared to lagging markets such as South Korea (22 percent), Australia (24 percent) and the United States (25 percent). And the United Kingdom (26 percent), “said IBM’s Global AI Adoption Index 2022.

It says IT professionals in the financial services, media, energy, automotive, oil and aerospace industries may report that their companies have actively deployed AI, while industry companies such as retail, travel and government / federal services and healthcare are less likely.

The survey was conducted from March 30-April 12, 2022, to a sample of 7,502 senior business decision makers who have some influence on the company’s IT decisions, including 500 respondents from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy. 1,000 respondents (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru) in China, India, Singapore, Australia, Canada, UAE and South Korea and Latin America.

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