Cyber Surakshit Bharat: Recognizing the need to strengthen the cybersecurity ecosystem in India, and in alignment with the Prime Minister’s vision for a ‘Digital India’, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), announced the Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and industry partners.Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons said at an event “Securing the nation’s cyberspace is vital and the ‘Cyber Surakshit Bharat’ initiative will aim to ensure that Aadhaar data is safe and protected” .”India is home to over 118 crore Aadhaar accounts. The government has transferred subsidies worth 2.40 lakh crore to the Jan Dhan accounts linked with Aaddaar. We must ensure that our systems are protected and our data is secured,” .The initiative, launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), will spread awareness about cybercrime and building capacity for safety measures for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT staff across government departments.Cyber Surakshit Bharat will be operated on the three principles of Awareness, Education and Enablement.The founding partners of the consortium are leading IT companies like Microsoft, Intel, Wipro, Red Hat and Dimension Data. The knowledge partners include Cert-In, NIC, NASSCOM and the FIDO Alliance, CISCO and consultancy firms Deloitte and EY. The initiative will include an awareness programme on the importance of cybersecurity and a series of workshops on best practices and enablement of the officials with cybersecurity tools to manage and mitigate cyber threats.”With a billion-plus mobilephones linked with a billion-plus Aadhaar connections and a billion-plus bank accounts, we are definitely going to face billions and billions of threats, which are growing and becoming more and more sophisticated,” said Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY.“I believe that the consortium approach is a great way to move forward and I hope that more capable companies will join hands and help us in this endeavour,” he added.Alarmed over Aadhaar data breach threats, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) recently announced some measures to safeguard the data, like generating Virtual IDs (VIDs) along with a face recognition system.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by the first national workshop for central and state government CISOs.”We invest over $1 billion every year globally in this area. Here in India, we launched a Cybersecurity Engagement Centre in October 2016 to build local capabilities and are now proud to be part of this important initiative,” said Anant Maheshwari, President-Microsoft India.”As part of this initiative, we will bring the best experts to help train and create capability to deal with the latest cybersecurity challenges,” he added. 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 government,State governments and Union Territories,Public Sector Banks,Public Sector Units,Defense forces, defense PSUs and technical arms of the Air Force, Army and Navy
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