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India-ITU Joint Cyberdrill 2021: DoT, ITU Kickoff Event To Improve Cybersecurity Readiness And Protection Of Member States

NEW DELHI: The India-ITU Joint Cyberdrill 2021 has been launched by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This Cyberdrill is aimed at Indian entities, particularly those involved in critical network infrastructure. It is a four-day virtual event that will take place from November 30 to December 3, 2021.

The inaugural session featured high-level speakers, panelists, and experts from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), and other prestigious organisations.

Anita Praveen, Special Secretary, Department of Transportation, underlined the importance of a safe and secure internet in light of India’s enormous networks in her opening remarks. She went on to say that cyber security is a shared duty that requires all stakeholders — the government, the cybersecurity community, and businesses – to work together to create a secure cyber environment.

K. Rajaraman, Chairman of the Digital Communication Commission and Secretary of the Department of Transportation, addressed the distinguished audience. During his inaugural address, he referred to the message provided by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during the ‘Sydney Dialogue.’ He emphasized the importance of working toward the development of a trusted manufacturing base and trusted supply chains, as well as deepening intelligence and operational cooperation on cyber security and protecting critical information infrastructure, in light of important transitions taking place in India.

Atsuko Okuda, Director of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Region, emphasized India’s major success in ranking 10th in the ITU Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI). Panellists and experts from organizations, businesses, and government agencies presented best practices and highlighted cybersecurity policy initiatives in India and around the world.

More than 400 people from vital sectors like power, insurance, finance, CERT-In and CSIRT, industry, academics, telecom service providers, and Department of Transportation field units attended.

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