National Cyber Exercise to be conducted in India for Government Officials & Critical Sector Organisations

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The National Security Council Secretariat of India will be conducting the National Cyber Exercise (NCX) as a hybrid exercise over a period of ten days from 18 to 29 April 2022 with the aim to train senior management and technical personnel of Government/Critical Sector organisations and agencies on contemporary cyber threats and handling cyber incidents and response.

Ajit Doval, KC, National Security Advisor, inaugurated the National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise alongside Lt General Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator and Dr. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DRDO.

Doval in his keynote address highlighted the digital revolution taking place in the country and the launch of a large number of digital services by the Government. He went on to say that cybersecurity remains the foundation of any successful digital transformation. Any threats in cyberspace directly impacts our social, economic and National Security and therefore we need to safeguard our cyberspace.

The programme is being conducted by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Govt. of India in association with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) as the Knowledge Partner and supported by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The platform for training is being provided by CyberExer Technologies, an Estonian cybersecurity company accredited for globally conducting several large cyber exercises.

Training Sessions

More than 140 officials will be trained through training sessions, live fire, and strategic exercises. The participants will be trained in various key cyber security areas such as Intrusion Detection Techniques, Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP), Vulnerability Handling & Penetration Testing, Network Protocols & Data Flows, Digital Forensics, etc, the Government said in a statement.

NCX India will help strategic leaders to better understand cyber threats, assess readiness, and develop skills for cyber crisis management and cooperation. This will also help develop and test cybersecurity skills, teamwork, planning, communication, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Lt. General Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator, brought out the importance of Indian cyberspace and the necessity of keeping it secure and safe for the citizens, businesses, and Governments. He talked about the increase in ransomware and supply chain attacks taking place in the world and in our country and how it was very vital to achieve synergy amongst all organisations to effectively counter these attacks. He also highlighted the recent ransomware attack on Oil India Limited and the importance of cyber warfare in the global scenario.

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