India’s IT Ministry & CISO’s Discuss Urgent Measures to Combat Cyber Attacks

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India (MeitY) is organising a week-long Deep Dive Online Training programme for Chief Information Security officers (CISO) along with technical heads, front-line IT staff representing different ministries, departments and organisations from central and state governments, PSUs, and bank organisations aiming to strengthen the cybersecurity ecosystem in India.

The training program is a part of a series of workshops organised by national e-governance division at MeitY under the Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative. It will help the CISOs and other participants to equip themselves with better understanding of the changing dynamics of the cyber world, so that they are able to translate the benefits of a secure cyber space to individual organisations and citizens at large. The role of CISOs is to do a gap analysis of the cyber security in an organisation and come out with a plan and strategy to bridge the gap and take corrective actions, the authorities said.

In a keynote address, Abhishek Singh, President & CEO, NeGD, explained that it is needed to be ensured that the Chief Information Security Officers across various Ministries, Departments, PSUs, Banks are not only trained but can also become India’s Cyber Security Ambassadors spreading the need to be cyber secure.

“If we are aware of the right practices, we can adopt a culture that ensures cyber security is handled well and equips us to address the new emerging challenges,” added Singh.

Vinay Thakur, COO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD) called upon the urgent need to create awareness around cyber security. He emphasised on adoption of actionable measures to mitigate cyber threats at a time when every second massive data exchange is generated through mobiles and computers as well as through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RFIDs, numerous apps, individual downloads and uses.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India (MeitY) had launched the Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative in January 2018. It is the first public-private partnership leveraging the expertise of the IT industry in cybersecurity. The knowledge partners of this training programme include CDAC, CERT-In, NIC, STQC.

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