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26th CISO Deep Dive Training: MeitY Organises Program To Better Understand Emerging Cyber Threats

NEW DELHI: The National e-Governance Division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is conducting a six-day deep dive training programme for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT officials from various Ministries and Departments, Government & Semi-Governmental organisations from Central and State Governments, PSUs, banks, and other organisations to strengthen the country’s cyber security ecosystem.

The event is part of a series of workshops hosted by MeitY’s National e-Governance Division as part of the Cyber Surakshit Bharat programme. It will assist CISOs and other participants in better understanding the developing cyber threat landscape and best practises in cyber security, allowing them to communicate the benefits of a secure cyber space to organisations and citizens.

Tulika Pandey, Director, Cyber Security Division, MeitY, invited all participants to share their experiences and feedback at the first session of the deep dive training programme in order to learn from each other’s experiences and further develop the existing security systems.

She went on to say that the “job of a CISO is to keep an agile mind” and to be able to handle any procedures that may arise in the event of a malaise. “Every member of the organisation should be digitally aware and capable of detecting any anomalies,” she stated.

Rakesh Maheshwari, Group Coordinator, MeitY’s Cyber Laws Division, spoke to the audience on the country’s expanding cyber security risks and the importance of data privacy.

“With the Data Protection Bill in Parliament, which may soon become an act, the security of any individual’s personal data will become a responsibility for every firm that stores the data,” he stated.

He discussed the recent hack of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s Twitter account, saying, “When things go wrong, we should know who is going to take what action.”

“Our websites and apps should be safe, and our terms of service should be established so that we know what data is being gathered,” Maheshwari said. When the majority of the work is outsourced to third-party organisations, he believes that the outsourcing should be done in such a way that the control remains with us.

Satya Narayan Meena Director CB, NeGD outlined the importance of the deep dive training program for Chief Information Security Officers at a time when everything is becoming digital. “When we were locked down in the pandemic, digitization kept us all going. Cyber security has become an important part of our life and workplace and hence, our objective is to train our CISOs through this programme and share best practices of cyber security,” he said.

To empower the CISOs with the emerging challenges of cyber security and train them to meet the challenges, MeitY had initiated the Cyber Surakshit Programme in January 2018 with active support of industry consortium. The objective of the programme is to train 1200 CISOs and frontline IT officials from Central and State Government, PSUs, Banks and government organizations.

From June 2018 till December 2021, 25 batches of training have already been conducted and around 1018 CISOs and other front line IT officials from Central and State Governments, PSUs, Banks and Government organizations have been trained.

The program is being conducted from January 17 – 22, 2022 and will cover topics such as Governance Risk & Compliance and Data Privacy, Network Security, End Point Security, Application & Data Security, Cloud Security, Mobile Security, Cryptography, Cyber Security related provisions in IT Act, Security audit, guidelines for preparing CCMP and operation and monitoring of Security Operation Centre (SoC) etc.

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