With growing digital reforms in the country, India is in a cusp to make a digital revolution. Although, these digital transformation brings cybersecurity challenges which can malice the vision instantaneously. To a strong response on the growing cyberattacks, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat —an initiative to strengthen cyber security.
Launched in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and industry partners at an event here, this initiative is the first public-private partnership of its kind and will leverage the expertise of the IT industry in cyber security.
Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology KJ Alphons while launching the initiative said it will be operated on the three principles of awareness, education and enablement.
“It will include an awareness program on the importance of cyber security; a series of workshops on best practices and enablement of the officials with cyber security health tool kits to manage and mitigate cyber threats,” Alphons said.
The founding partners of the consortium are leading IT companies Microsoft, Intel, WIPRO, Redhat and Dimension Data. Additionally, knowledge partners include Cert-In, NIC, NASSCOM and the FIDO Alliance and premier consultancy firms Deloitte and EY.
Speaking on the occasion MeitY Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney said this initiative will keep our huge data safe and secure.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by the first national workshop for Central and State government CISOs. Conducted by security experts of the consortium partners, the daylong orientation provided comprehensive guidance on topics ranging from the fundamental building blocks of a secure critical infrastructure to the role of a CISO in IT risk management to analyzing a department’s cyber health.
Cyber Surakshit Bharat aims to conduct a series of training programs in the next six months across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
The audience will include CISOs and technical officials from the central and state government, Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Units, Defense forces, defense PSUs and technical arms of the Air Force, Army and Navy.