We live in a world of cyber frauds – a world where people get conned over a phone call; sometimes even a text message, or a pop-up email. This is a world that is in dire need of cybersecurity. But this is also a world where cybersecurity or technology, in general, has a perception problem – a perception of cyber being a man’s world. But women in technology are not just writing algorithms in a cubicle. From keeping the internet from shutting down to building safe information infrastructure, nabbing criminals on ground and making cyber policies more solid in a bid to keep citizens safe – women in cyber security are few but true to their crafts.
This International Women’s Day, The420.in along with Noida-based NGO Root64 Infosec Research Foundation conducted a pan-India online survey to acknowledge the efforts of women who have made a difference in the online world and made the digital world safer. These women have broken the dreadful glass-ceilings of the perception of cybersecurity being a man’s job.
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From leading women activists, cyber influencers, cyber lawyers, cybercops, defence personnel, cyber investigators, ethical hackers, bug bounty hunters, cybersecurity researchers, bureaucrats who have helped to frame cyber policies and leaders who have spearheaded cyber awareness, this comprehensive list was built after a nationwide survey of domain experts, social media popularity and open-source results.
We at The420.in recognize their hard work, passion, sincerity and dedication to their craft. May you keep inspiring the rest of us.
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Disclaimer: This list is not any kind of ranking. It is an attempt to acknowledge the contribution made by women in cyberspace in their respective field of work. The list has been compiled using information available on open source, survey and social media. For any corrections in pictures and information kindly write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp – 9580509795.
Find the full list below:
Sanya Nagpal is a 10th grader, amateur boxer, professional artist, co-founder of meraQR, and host of CryptoWithSanya. She fell in love with cryptography a few years ago, when she interned with her father’s blockchain startup.
Having understood how blockchain works, Sanya quickly realised that the best applications of this technology had to be in finance and tokenization. She has delivered sessions on blockchain technology for top banks and software companies.
During the lockdown period due to the Covid pandemic, Sanya and her younger sister co-founded meraQR, a tech platform that enables brands to monetise its packaging.
Currently, she is exploring how blockchain-based NFTs (non-fungible tokens) can be used to help women in India monetize their art. All through this, Sanya continues to dedicatedly study for her upcoming 10th boards.
Latha Reddy served as India’s Deputy National Security Adviser, where she was in charge of cybersecurity as well as other important internal and external security issues. She also served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
From 1975 to 2011, Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service. She worked in Lisbon, Washington, D.C., Kathmandu, Brasilia, Durban, Vienna, and Bangkok throughout her diplomatic career. She served as India’s Ambassador to Portugal (2004-2006) and Thailand (2007-2008). (2007-2009). She served as Secretary (East) at the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi from 2010 to 2011, where she was responsible for India’s bilateral and regional ties with Asia. From 2011 to 2013, she served as India’s Deputy National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Reddy has vast experience in bilateral, international, and multilateral negotiations as well as foreign policy. She also has experience with security and strategic issues, as well as working on strategic technology policies, especially in the areas of cyber security, international cyber cooperation, and Internet governance.
Reddy is involved with a number of organisations and think tanks both in India and around the world. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the EastWest Institute in the United States and the Observer Research Foundation in India, among other roles.
Radha Chauhan is a 1988-batch IAS officer of the UP cadre. She is currently posted as an additional chief secretary (ACS), finance dept & finance commissioner.
She has had the opportunity to serve both the provincial and the national governments in various capacities that included sectors like education, health, urban planning and industrial development.
She was part of the team that conceived and designed the national e-Governance Plan in India. As Principal consultant to the Centre, she was involved critically in the designing stage of two very important projects – the Digital Identity (Aadhaar) and the e-District.
Both initiatives laid the foundation for delivering services to citizens in digital mode. A significant part of this design phase involved re-imaging the government processes and adapting technology to bring in efficiency and transparency in governance.
She headed the team that initiatied the e-Governance based Mission Mode Project in School Education sector.
As an International Fellow of the United Nations University, she has to her credit International Presentations & Publications. She was part of the Expert Group Meeting on United Nations Post 2015 Agenda- “Governance, Public Administration and Information & Communication Technologies for Post 2015 Development” and presented the country’s overview on the subject of ICT in Education. Earlier, as CEO of the National e-Governance Division, Government of India, she coordinated the overarching Digital India initiative.
Between 2015 and 2016, she was with the NITI Aayog serving as deputy director-general. Prior to that, she was a joint secretary in the department of school education and literacy under the ministry of human resource development (2011-15). In Uttar Pradesh, she held some important posts such as divisional commissioner in Agra and Meerut, commissioner in Ghaziabad and additional CEO of Noida development authority, and deputy chief executive of Greater Noida Development Authority.
Tilotama Varma is a 1990 Batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre. Varma made history in 2002 as the first female Indian Police Service Officer from the state of Uttar Pradesh to be awarded the President’s police medal for bravery.
She also served as district magistrate in UP districts like Bulandshahr and Pilibhit. Ms Chauhan is a law graduate, according to the records available with DoPT.
She was honoured with this award after a chilling encounter in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh saw her lead a team which chased down two armed robbers who had killed the cashier at a bank and run away with the money.
She is currently posted as ADG Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under the ministry of environment, forest and climate change. She now works towards saving lives of endangered animals. Under her leadership WCCB of India has been awarded with many prestigious international awards including Asia Environment Enforcement Award for its excellent work in combating trans-boundary environmental crimes.
Under Varma’s leadership WCCB has adopted many techniques and technologies that have dramatically increased enforcement of trans-boundary environmental crimes in India. She has played a vital role in developing an online Wildlife Crime Database Management System so that it can get real time data in order to help analyse trends in crime and devise effective measures to prevent and detect wildlife crimes across India. The database has information about 1800 hunters who have targetted leopards, rhinoceros, turtles.
Her father was an IPS officer in Himachal Pradesh. She is married to Ashish Gupta, who is also an IPS officer.
Badugula Sumathi has been a 2001 direct recruit. She is the first woman DSP for united Andhra Pradesh. A B.Sc. in Agricultural from the SV Agricultural College, Thirupathi, her Intermediate education was at NLVRGSRV College (APRJC Nimmakuru, Krishna District).
With a strong rural centric ethos and noble parentage, from early childhood, she inculcated the values of empathy and hard work. Unassuming and highly courageous, Sumathi during her probation period from 2002 to 2003, was instrumental in the operation leading to the encounter of a dreaded dacoit by the name of Jinna in the middle of Kadapa town.
At her first posting as DSP, Warangal Town (2003 to 2004) she made a mark and is remembered even today as ‘people’s officer’ because of her act of valour in saving scores of people when Golconda Express rail derailed in the middle of town in which she herself got involved in the rescue.
As a woman – strong, resilient and spirited, her sense of devotion to work knows no bounds; the way she walked into labour room from her work directly speaks it. Her two daughters – Prakrithi and Samskriti – are her backbone.
Sumathi has a rich experience of working in various wings SIB, CID, CI Cell, Law & Order etc. As ASP, she was part of an investigation of ‘Satyam Fraud’ in CID, A.P. She led ‘Anti Human trafficking operations’ beyond the state in national capital Delhi, as well as Pune leading to rescue of 100’s of Women & children trafficked for sex illegally from various districts of AP and TS in 2007.
She broke the record of being the only woman IPS officer of the state who worked in the Anti Terror cell of the state, followed by results with respect to incidents relating to major terror blasts which rocked the state from 2007 to 2013.
Having been allotted to the home state, after the formation of Telangana in 2014, Sumathi became the first SP of Medak, CM’s own district in newly formed Telangana.
With an innovative spirit, tech-friendly, and commitment towards the common man, she made the police administration transparent through various initiatives like ‘Chetana”, distress counselling centres for women. She was selected for the ‘smart policing award’ in 3 categories of policing by FICCI while working as SP, Medak.
As DCP, North Zone, Hyderabad during 2016-2017 she proved not only a tough law & order officer but also made a mark by getting down heinous crime around vital installations i.e in & around Secunderabad Railway Station through initiative ‘VIKALPA’.
She also made a sincere & systematic attempt to bring change in the lives of unemployed youngsters of marginalized sections through ‘Cheyuta’ which metamorphosed as ‘Job connect’ – adopted throughout the state by Telangana police.
Community-driven & community-initiated projects of installing cameras to make the city safer was taken up by her as ‘Nenu Saitam’. It became a ‘huge movement towards safety’ through community participation in installing cameras in thousands of homes, apartments, streets, complexes to make them safer.
Now, as DIG Women Safety, she passionately works for women. She rightly stands as ‘an assurance of women safety & for their empowerment’.
Kavita Jalan is a 2003 batch direct recruited IPS Officer. She hails from Saidraja village of District Chandauli of Uttar Pradesh. She completed her study as Master of Law in Banaras Hindu University in the Year, 2001 and is Gold Medalist in LLB & LLM.
Early from her incumbent as an IPS Officer she showed her dedication to duty and emerged appreciations from the Senior Police Officers. She served in different districts of Odisha like Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Angul.
Her area of work is tribal dominated and mostly affected with Left Wing Extremism and communally sensitive. She has developed special interest towards detection of Cyber Crime cases. She was first in her state of service to arrest two Nigerian in Black dollar fraud.
Worked as Range DIG/IG in the Western Range, Rourkela and managed to eradicate Naxalite activities in Rourkela, Sundargarh and Keonjhar district and pacify the antisocial activities in the Range. She has been known for using high tech investigation methods in solving crimes. Although Jalan is known for her policing work, she is renowned for her contribution in Cybersecurity. She has been instrumental in setting up cyber crime police stations and training of staff in cracking technical cases.
Jalan during her stint was also posted as Deputy Director General Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
Debjani Ghosh is the President of the National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) since April 2018. A veteran of the technology industry, she is the fifth president of NASSCOM and the first women at the helm in three-decade history.
She is a firm believer in the power of technology in enhancing lives and livelihoods, leveraging it for societal good. She was instrumental in developing the ‘Think Digital, Think India’ strategy aimed at establishing India as a hub for digital talent and innovation. Debjani strongly believes technology will have the most impact on humankind when it’s used as an enabler of inclusive growth and that India must lead in the digital era with a focus on the responsible build and use of tech as an accelerator and equalizer.
As the NASSCOM President, she actively works with the industry and Government to accelerate the growth of the Industry and strengthen India’s position as a hub for Innovation and Digital Talent. Her approach has been focused on a three-point agenda – talent development and re-skilling, strengthening the innovation culture in the country and collaborating with governments across the world to open new opportunities for the Indian IT industry.
Rama Vedashree, CEO DSCI was previously Vice President, NASSCOM leading all initiatives in Domestic IT, eGovernance and Smart Cities among others. At NASSCOM, she has also led the Healthcare initiative in partnership with apex Health Sector body, NATHEALTH.
With a rich and varied experience of 30 years in the industry, she has had long stints at NIIT Technologies, Microsoft and General Electric. Her previous roles include that of Director in Microsoft Global Services, and Vice President, GE India. She has experience in the diverse domains of IT consulting, Strategic Accounts and Business Development, e-Governance projects and Business Development for Infrastructure projects and Health and Water Sectors at GE.
She is member of many committees of Government of India, including the Data Protection Committee, Cloud Expert Group and Financial Inclusion Advisory Board.
A Gold Medalist from the University of Hyderabad, she has also completed an Executive Education program from Harvard, and a short program in High-Performance Computing from Cornell University.
Dr Charru Malhotra is an Associate Professor (e-Governance & ICT) at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA). She has served the institute for more than 28 years, out of which the last 12 years have been specifically in the field of e-Governance, Cyber Security, Smart Villages / Smart Cities and Training of Trainers.
Her key areas of interest include capacity building and impact assessment of e-governance projects, design and implementation of Digital Service Standard (DSS), cybersecurity, developing strategies for co-creation of digital services and analyzing applications of emerging technologies for governance. She has also been actively involved in policy design aspects of Smart-Cities & Smart-Villages.
Her persistent efforts are in development research to catalyze technology for people with disabilities, disaster-ridden communities, and gender-friendly inclusive IT spaces as well as in institutionalizing IT for the Masses.
She has more than 30 research publications in reputed international and national journals and books. She has published a comprehensive book as well as a training-of-trainers manual on “Digital India”. Vice-president of India released her book on “e-Kranti” (Dec-2017). She has guided more than 15 MPhil and PhD researchers.
Apart from establishing professional associations with global institutes of excellence such as e- Government Leadership Centre Singapore, ENA Paris, World Bank, IIT-Delhi, Swiss Embassy, she is also the Project Coordinator of impact assessments and several significant capacity-building projects under the prestigious Digital India Program.
Dr Khyati Garg hails from Chandigarh and is an MBBS from Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh. She is a 2013 batch of Indian Police Services (IPS) currently posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Lucknow Commissionerate. She has served in various designations in Kanpur Nagar Bareilly Moradabad and Amethi.
She is involved actively in work related to education of underprivileged children and orphans, and volunteer groups fighting against dowry demands and feticide, vocal for girl child rights. She has conducted frequent medical camps for police personnel and training police investigating officers especially in cybercrimes against women.
She is a recipient of the Director’s Trophy, President Cup, Mehta Cup, Meritorious award for Scientific Investigation in 2013 in SVPNPA. She has also received Director General of Police Commendation disc in 2020.
Garg is a motivational speaker and career counsellor. Her hobbies includes badminton, trekking, photography, with special interests in writing poetry and prose.
Vrinda Shukla was born and raised on a beautiful college campus in North India, and, as such, considers her childhood a matter of pride. She firmly believes that it ingrained in her, very early in life, the value of education and the love for learning. She pursued her early education from Ambala and Chandigarh.
After completing class 10, she got a unique opportunity of attending an international school near Pune with a full scholarship of 30,000 dollars. Having passed Class XII from there under the International Baccalaureate curriculum, Vrinda went on pursuing her Bachelor’s degree from a joint program at Brandeis University in the United States of America and the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. She majored in Economics, International Studies and French. Her entire undergraduate education was again funded by a full scholarship of over 200,000 dollars.
Vrinda grew up aspiring to join the civil services because of the chance they give, from the very start, to affect, for the better, the everyday lives of the country’s citizens. Hence, in pursuance of the long held dream, she returned to India right after graduating from college to write the civil services exam. She made it to the Indian Police Service in 2014. She wishes to work towards creating a police force, which is extremely professional and, most importantly, is sensitive and empathetic to the suffering of the most impoverished in society. She is presently serving in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Women and Child Safety, Gautam Buddh Nagar Police. She has previously served for four years in the state of Nagaland.
Vrinda’s major passions outside her career include reading and writing. She is a regular contributor to The Indian Express.
Priyanka Tomar is Director of New Era System Pvt Ltd and has 18 years of experience in various IT fields including Cyber Security & Cyber Forensics. She is guest faculty at CBI Academy Ghaziabad since 2014 and is also a consultant to government departments on cybersecurity-related issues. She is managing R&D projects on cybersecurity and cyber forensics for the National Cyber Research & Innovation Centre, Bureau of Police Research & Development, Ministry of Home Affairs.
She is a regular speaker at cybersecurity events. Tomar provides customized Cyber Security Training programs on darknet forensics, cryptocurrency forensics, cyber Intelligence & OSINT, Network Forensics, Protecting Critical Infrastructure, Website Security, Blockchain-based solutions, IoT & Smart Cities Solutions.
Dr. Rashmi Karandikar is a Bachelors of Science in Statistics and a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology, Dr Rashmi Karandikar joined the police force in 2004. A PhD in Sociology, Dr Karandikar has a keen interest in the cyber world. She took various certifications like Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator(CHFI) and Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice -IIT Kanpur.
On joining the cybercrime branch she came into action within eight months. Dr Karandikar has solved major cybercrime cases carried out by locals as well as foreigners – major cases including a job fraud carried out by a Nigerian team was solved within a month and lakhs of rupees were recovered. Pradhan Mantri Yojna Loan Fraud was a major breakthrough where a fake loan App was created and lakhs of monitory frauds were committed.
Another major breaking case was when Dr Rashmi and her team arrested a team of locals carrying out Extortion and Blackmailing Frauds. More than 200 fake Social Media and Bank Accounts carrying out the frauds were busted in this operation.
Dr Karandikar has not only solved cases that posed an economical threat but also cases that posed a social threat to society. One of the cases being where a group of individuals posted prank videos involving child abuse and sexual content on various social media channels like YouTube, Facebook Instagram etc.
During her ongoing tenure as DCP, her works to bring cybercrime into control is not just limited to solving cases but she is also actively involved in spreading cybercrime awareness through various media channels. Dr Karandikar also actively conducts webinars on the latest cybercrimes to spread awareness by sharing case studies of victims and educating the common man about how her department is present to provide excellent support to society.
Hina Desai for the last 12 year is working for gender justice and women empowerment in remote villages of Azamgarh and surrounding districts. She has supported and rehabilitated more than 3,000 survivors of violence. Desai has motivated thousands of students and youth from rural schools and colleges.
Born in 1966 in Mumbai, Desai has graduated in commerce and done her article ship of chartered accountancy from Surat. She had actively participated in the theatre and social work activities and had won the C.C. Mehta best actress award in 1985 and the N.S.S. best cadet award in 1986 from the V. N. S. Gujarat University.
She has worked as the Secretary of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and headed various committees of trade and industry. She is a lifetime member of the apex body and served as an executive committee member. As the secretary, she has extensively studied the textile, diamond and pharmaceutical industries and represented the issues at FICCI AND ASSOCHAM.
She has organized a number of exhibitions, conferences, seminars and symposiums, fashion shows for the development of the trade and industries of south Gujarat. . She has closely worked with the CII, Gujarat chapter. During her tenure, now the autonomous body, The South Gujarat productivity was established and nurtured. She has supported many Industry’s associations and trade organizations. The mega trade and industry exhibition ‘Udyog’, conceptualized and nurtured by her as the co-chairperson and resulted into a fully equipped trade center developed in collaboration with the industries ministry of Gujarat government. She has also worked with The Surat citizens Council and various social organizations.
In 2005 her husband Darshan Desai came to Lucknow as the Resident Editor of the Indian Express newspaper. In 2007, She visited SRSP with him and was moved by the social and economic conditions prevailing in the villages. She lived and working in Azamgarh since 2008 with SRSP as the executive director and looking after the day to day affairs. Under her leadership, SRSP has taken a leap towards empowering women and has become instrumental for a social change in the life of more than 1000 survivors of Violence. Today SRSP has marked a strong presence in the field of women empowerment and child development.
S.P.Lavanya , presently working as Additional Superintendent of Police at Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) has rich experience in handling cyber crime investigations for the past 5 years. Previously, she was Deputy Superintendent of Police in Cyber Crime Cell, CBCID and has handled law & order assignment as Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ranipet in Vellore district.
Basically a B.Sc Computer Science graduate her thirst for knowledge in varied fields is evident as she has secured Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and is currently pursuing MBA in Information Security. Before being selected as Deputy Superintendent of Police at Tamil Nadu Police in the year 2009, she had earlier worked as Assistant Commandant in CRPF and was posted in challenging places such as in Delhi, Ayodhya, Assam and Manipur.
After assuming charge at Cyber Crime Cell, CBCID she has provided her technical expertise in many high profile case like, ‘RBI Soiled currency – Train Heist ‘ case , ‘Chennai – Central Train Bomb blast’ case , ‘Salem – Vinupriya death’ case and many such cases leading to crucial breakthroughs.
Recently, she was the investigating officer in a case involving sexual molestation of two girl child in Cuddalore district in which all the 17 accused were awarded multiple life imprisonment .
In recognition of her investigation skills in Cyber Crime cases she was awarded the Chief Minister’s medal for Excellence in Investigation in the year 2017 for a case relating to Child Pornography. The accused was detained under Goondas Act, a first in the history of Police in India for a person to be detained in Goondas Act for Child pornography .
She is a firm believer in the adage “Prevention is better than cure” and has spent a considerable amount of her time educating the masses. She is a regular guest faculty at Tamil Nadu Judicial Academy, Tamil Nadu Police Academy & Police Computer Communication Centre and has conducted Cyber Awareness sessions for Indian Army and Costal Security Guard.
Further she is one of member currently involved in conceptualizing hierarchical setup & infrastructure for State Cyber Command Centre which is to be setup.
Nisha Narayanan, a prominent name in the radio industry, is currently the COO and Director at 93.5 RED FM and Magic FM. She is instrumental in launching ‘Red Indies’ which featured non-film music as a part of red on-air content and has focussed on creating brands out of raw talent. Under her leadership, Red FM announced the launch of Hidden Files Unlock, a show to tackle cybercrime.
The show Hidden Files was first-of-its-kind imitative and became one of the popular shows across India. Cyberattacks are an evolving danger to organisations, employees and consumers. It was her vision to develop the show as public sensitisation programme and awareness campaigns, especially during the time when cyber crime is witnessing a steady hike. Nisha also introduced storytelling based content like Ek Kahani Aisi Bhi and the Podcast Hour.
It was her vision to make RED FM accessible to its audiences across various touchpoints which gave birth to multiple IPR’s under the aegis of RED FM like the very successful RED LIVE, RED DIGITAL & RED INDIES amongst others. During her tenure, as Senior Vice President for Programming and Marketing, she also spearheaded setting up of radio stations across markets in the country making RED FM one of the largest radio networks with 68 stations.
Some prestigious awards won by Nisha includes Business leader of the year by Dadasaheb Phalke, Don Rowland’s Prize for Excellence, Impact- 50 most influential women award among others.
Sakshi Vidur is currently employed by Yum Brands as the Global Head of Information Security for the Asia Pacific region. She is responsible for Yum’s global leadership in enterprise cybersecurity, risk, and governance.
She brought in to institute strategic information security function and got promoted to spearhead APAC region. She defined strategic direction for the protection of information assets for the distributed footprint of over 15,000 restaurants in more than 30 countries across brands – Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell.
She has over two decades of experience in the life insurance and retail sectors. Her previous positions include Head Internal Assurance and Risk Management at Max Life Insurance Co. and also at Aviva Life Insurance Co.
She holds an ICFAI postgraduate risk management degree and has completed Senior Leadership Development programmes at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and XLRI in Jamshedpur. She is passionate about tying strategy to action and turning it into “reality” for the business.
Akansha Gupta, Inspector, Central Bureau of Investigation Academy. An MBA in Finance and an Access Data Certified Examiner, Akansha Gupta joined CBI in 2003. She was posted at the CBI Academy in the year 2009. She is a crucial team member of the IT Section and Cyber HiTech Lab, at the CBI Academy.
Also, a Computer Forensics Certified Examiner, CFCE, from IACIS, USA, Gupta is presently pursuing Law. She has also attended various courses on Cyber Crime Investigations conducted by US Embassy, Several ATA Courses on Internet Investigation Cellular Consultation, Darknet Investigations and Courses conducted by NCCU, NCA, UK.
A faculty on Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics, Gupta has imparted training to various officers including that in CBI, law officers as well as Judicial officers. She has done Digital forensics in various cases like CWG, 2G spectrum, Shehla Masood Murder Case, Bhanwari Devi case etc. She provides technical support in cases as and when required.
Gupta made a significant contribution in developing both the First and Second Edition of the Cyber Crime Investigations Manual by NASSCOM, DSCI(Data Security Council of India) and book on “Handling of Digital Evidence” published by CBI Academy. She also made significant contributions in establishing the first Cyber Hi-Tech Lab at CBI Academy, which is one of the best labs in the country.
Ongmu Bhutia is Superintendent of Police from Sikkim. Posted as district head in North District Sikkim, Bhutia joined the police service as sub-inspector in the year 1984. In her entire service she got only field postings due to which she faced several challenges during her duties.
Due to her interest and hardwork, she was given a posting in the traffic branch based in the capital. It was a challenging posting as controlling vehicles in the capital was huge responsibility.
Bhutia was awarded with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2020, followed by a state award. She shares credit for this with her senior officers and subordinates with whom she has worked with. She has been to United Nations mission to Kosovo in 2003-2004.
Bhutia, who comes from a humble background, believes that being from a poor family or adverse environment shouldn’t be something that should hamper progress.
A believer in punctuality, discipline and hardwork, Bhutia believes to digest our salaries, we have to contribute by working sincerely.
Puneet Bhasin is a Mumbai-based lawyer. She specialises in cases related to cybercrimes, e-commerce and intellectual property disputes in cyberspace along with imparting legal advise to online gaming companies/ content-based mobile apps and set-top boxes etc.
She is the founder of Cyberjure Legal Consulting and her clients include banks, MNCs, FinTech, corporate etc.
She holds a Post Graduation in Cyber Laws (B.L.S. LL.B. Ll.M.) and is a Certified Cyber Crime Investigator and also a Certified Privacy Professional. She is a Harvard University Alumni and learned Cyber Risk Mitigation form this prestigious University.
Shivangi Nadkarni is Co-Founder & CEO, Arrka Consulting. She has over 24 years of experience in the domains of Information Security & Risk Management, E-Commerce & Networking across multiple geographies. She has earlier worked with organizations like Wipro & Sify handling a variety of roles and heading different Lines of Business.
She was instrumental in setting up the first licensed Certifying Authority in India – in association with VeriSign. She has authored the Privacy Book of Knowledge (PBoK) for DSCI for their DCPP certification program.
Shivangi is a regular speaker, writer and faculty at various forums and programs. Shivangi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani and Master’s degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She is also a CISA, CIPT and DCPP.
Namrata Brahmkshatriya is a cybercrime investigator and freelancing trainer in State Crime Record Bureau, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. She is cyber lawyer and practicing it in the session’s court. She is the chapter lead of Null Ahmedabad.
She was Ambassador of Women Techmakers Baroda for one and half year. She is more into psychology research and social engineering.
She has presented workshops and talks on lock picking and social engineering in many Cybersecurity conferences.
Farah Hawa is an application security engineer at Bugcrowd. She is one of the most renowned women in the country, who is extremely active and acknowledged by Bugcrowd and other Bug Bounty Platforms.
She is a part-time bug bounty hunter and she also creates technical content for bug bounty hunters & web application pentesters and interviews some amazing people in infosec for her YouTube channel https://YouTube.com/c/FarahHawa
Gopika Baghel is a Cyber Crime Investigator, Security Researcher, Forensic Science Investigator and also has expertise in Cyber Law. She is currently working with Chhattisgarh Police and various cyber cells with the ability to help them solving cybersecurity cases and challenges head-on.
Gopika has been acknowledged by Raipur Police and other state agencies for helping them in solving highly complicated cases.
Her vision is to make India a secured Nation and she aims to keep serving the Nation.
Meetali Sharma, currently heads the Risk, Compliance & Information Security for SDG and is a Member of Incident Handler’s Advisory Board- ECIH (EC-Council). Sharma is risk, compliance, data privacy, cybersecurity and Information Security professional with expertise in risk management, privacy and governance of information security.
With an overall experience of 18+ years, worked on several information security assignments covering consulting and solution-driven approach including – Information Security Incident Management, Information Security Risk Management, Training and Awareness, Information Security Measurement Program implementation, CMMi implementation for Development and Services.
Have led teams for conducting Internal Risk Assessments, providing strategic consulting in improving measurement and compliance programs based on ISO/IEC 27001:2013, Contractual Requirements (MSA/SOW), Legal/Regulatory/Statutory Requirements, Client Policies and Procedures, Quality Management System, Operational Risk, IT Security. Subject matter expert in Risk Management, measuring the effectiveness of controls, maintaining and improving strategic management systems and internal control structures around information security, managing Audit Programs & establishing Incident Management System.
Industry recognized speaker and an active participant, member, and panelist in discussions on topics like Integrated Security, Data Security, Incident Management, Cybersecurity, GDPR, CISO forums, Service Organization Controls (SOC), Cybersecurity events, Open Source Summits, Data Center Summits etc. Member of various CISO/CRO/CIO forums and my articles on Risk Management, Cloud Security & Cyber Security have featured in various magazines and blogs.
Kuhu Adhikary is a qualified Masters of Technology with over two decades of expertise in Cyber Security, Risk Management, Software Quality Management, Project Management, Process Enhancement, Design Verification and System Design in the IT/ITES.
She has been Awarded “Cybersecurity Warrior – Woman Leader for 2020″ by DynamicCISO. She has lead Enterprise Risk Management for Business Unit as well as Cyber Security Assurance for Enterprise. As ISO 27001, ISO 9001 and TL 9000 LA, I have successfully lead Audits both External and Internal as well as Lead the ISMS for Enterprise. In addition, CISM, CDPSE, PCI DSS and NIST certified.
She has successfully handled responsibility for staffing and leading IT service delivery teams for internal and client engagements. I have managed the development, implementation, and maintenance of internal & external facing business applications and database systems.
Dr R. Srivaramangai is the Head of the University Department of Information Technology of Mumbai University. She has a decade old experience in shaping academia and over a period of time has lead different initiatives to promote Cyber Security as a mainstream masters course offered under the university. Which include the designing of a popular master’s program known as MSc.IT under which Dr Srivaramangai introduced various cybersecurity subjects and extended the reach towards industry and academic collaboration for establishing centre of excellence and upbringing educational reforms in the field of academia.
Under her guidance, the department has regularly conducted a Refresher course on Cyber Security and Cyber Law for the past three years for faculties, with her proactive approach towards academic upgradation through the use of digital transformation she has also worked on conducting faculty development programs for upgrading the professors for being digitally equipped.
She has initiated the special programme for Mumbai Cyber Police on Cyber Security which is an ongoing process, her Department will be giving training to Cyber Police on basics of computing for statistical analysis and Data Analysis tools .
Sneha Joshi is a Cyber security professional with over 14+ years of experience in Technology and Cyber security (combined) in companies like Wipro and Capita. She is currently working as a Risk and Compliance Manager at Capita India.
Her Specialties includes risk management and regulatory compliance (UK, US), internal audit, corporate governance, Information Security & Business Continuity, Business Analytics and strategic planning.
Shweta Tripathi is an academician for past 16 years has great enthusiasm in the field of Cyber Security. She has analysed various fields of Security where she has given her contribution in the research of Cyber Forensics. She is a CEH and CHFI professional and motivates undergraduate engineering students to take up Cyber Forensics and Cyber Security as their carrier.
She had taken up Database Forensics as her major project during her MTECH from VJTI in the year 2012 . This project work was published in Journal of Information Security which received high popularity.
In the year 2015 she had guided a project on RAM Forensics Framework which was appreciated by the Cyber Cell of Navi Mumbai. The project on Live Data Forensics and Metadata analysis in the year 2017 had gained appreciation in National Conference at Sandeep University in Nashik. The work was also published in Digital 4n6 Journal.
In the year 2018 and 2019 the projects on Image Forensics which was based on CNN and Video Forensics which was based on PRNU algorithm were also published in Digital 4 n6 Journal.
Her great enthusiasm in this field has motivated students to do their Masters studies in the field of Cyber Fornesics and hence take up their career in the similar lines.
Shilpa Sawant is a thorough cyber security professional with more than 13 years’ experience in various domains of Cyber Security and Information Risk Management as well as Data Privacy.
She is currently working with Reliance Industries Limited as a General Manager and heading the Governance, Strategy and Risk Management function. Her key responsibiltiies includes establishing the Security Strategy and defining the objectives for the group, overseeing the Information Security Program and steering the Governance Meetings. She is also responsible for development of Group Information Security Policy, standards and its maintenance along with establishment of Enterprise Cyber Security Architecture and its maintenance.
She is responsible for design and implementation of Security Solutions for the Enterprise. She looks after management of IT Risks and Information Risks of the entire group by identifying and monitoring risks through top down and bottom up approach.
Shivani Tikadia has a decade of experience in cybersecurity and compliance. While she started her carrier in software she slowly found her inclination towards security and compliance and have been part of the various certification, audits and cybersecurity projects in Symantec and Druva. She also loves to host various panel discussions and looks forward on connecting with various leaders and share their experiences with the world
Shivani has a strong knowledge of AWS technologies and services for SAAS based environment. She is an expert in internal auditing, internal controls, risk management. She has a comprehensive understanding of internal control environments within the IT/Cloud Operation function.
She has experience with multiple technology domains including aspects of Windows, Unix and/or database administration, software development and networking.
Shivani claims that she love the security field and would like to see more women in information security she hopes that women like her can attract more women so the population of women in cybersecurity is on par with the number of women in the technology field in general.
Dr Abhilasha Vyas is working as Program Coordinator, CSE, School of Technology, GSFC University, Vadodara. She is member of executive council, Women in Big Data India Chapter. She is also associated with Data Security Council of India Ahemdabad Chapter. She is also working as Head, Cyber Cell, Suraj Sansthan, Jaipur. Her research area is Cyber Security and Detection of DDoS attacks.
Dr Abhilasha is AWS Cloud Solution Architect certified trainer. She is IBM middleware certified and also accredited IBM trainer for cloud computing and security. Her 19 years of extensive experience from academia and industry helping in the creation and designing of successful training programs with a track record of delivering positive results.
Kajal Thakur is currently working with Forensic Care Technologies P. Ltd. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for strong problem-solving and communication skills that create measurable results in key performance areas.
She has hands-on experience working on forensic tools such as Encase, FTK, Intella, AXIOM, Passware Kit, and many more. Her expertise includes setting up multiple Cyber Forensic Lab for law enforcement agencies (LEA), setting up an economic offences unit- Cyber Crime Investigation & Forensic Lab.
She has performed multiple digital forensic assignments for law enforcement agencies (LEA) which includes the acquisition of media such as a Desktop, Laptop, Removable storage and Mobile phones. Further, evidence were analyzed for data recovery, indexing and keyword searches. She has knowledge of Mobile Phone forensic process which include Acquisition, Data Recovery/Extraction and reporting.
Dr. Lopa Mudraa Basuu‐ The Clairvoyant – Choreographing Brilliant IT Security Compositions for two decades with a proven track record is a leading veteran Cyber Security Evangelist working for improving the quality of Cyber Security and Technology Risk Governance in the country and also on the global stage.
Shattering the glass ceiling, her relentless efforts and services in this male dominated field for the past 20 years, have made her a very well‐known figure in this industry domain. Her contributions, especially, in the Empowerment & encouragement of Women Professionals in this field has now resulted in a spurt of women in the C Suite of organizations and also in the Cyber Security & Technology Risk Domains.
Born in a conservative Bengali family, Dr. Lopa holds a master degree in IT. A Doctor(hc) of Excellence in Cyber Risk Management, She is also a Certified Global CIO from ISB Hyderabad. She also has the required industry certifications – CCISO, CRISC, CISM, CHFI, ECSA, CEH, DCPLA, DPO, Certified HIPAA Officer, QSA PCI DSS, CPISI, LA ISO 27001, RSA Archer Certified Administrator, CyberArk Certified Trustee, Certified in ITIL foundation, CobiT and Val IT Foundation Certificate, Certified SAFe 4 Practitioner (Scaled AGILE), Six Sigma Yellow Belt, CCSA NGX, CCNA, ADSE from APTECH and Diploma in Hardware.
Till date she has contributed her career in leadership roles in industry leaders & Fortune 500 companies that include ‐ NISSAN Motor Corp (Global Head of Cyber Security, Risk Governance & Compliance), Ocwen Financial (Global Director IT Risk Operation), JPMorgan Chase (VP Cyber Security Controls), SLK Global (Head Enterprise Security & Risk Governance), MetLife & Infosys.
Using her vast repertoire of experience and her acumen as a business enabler across sectors – automotive, BFSI, ITES and manufacturing, she has involved herself completely in mentoring, skilling and creating next‐gen cyber security professionals specially women and also industry peers in the following skills: Dr. Basuu serves on various Advisory Boards and is also a Jury Member across various industry forums both international and national.
She authors articles and is a regular speaker and panellist in the professional public domain on the same. She is also a regular guest speaker at various institutions and colleges exhorting, encouraging and coaxing the young minds to explore this little known field of Technology which is the key to success.
Maya R Nair is an experienced leader of Datacenter Infrastructure and Information security with major operating tenets of implementing defense in-depth, acquiring 360-degree view of security, implementing IT infrastructure setups from the scratch, revamping datacenters and designing & implementing Business Continuity plans and Disaster Recovery sites.
Her recognition includes Best CISO of the Year by Indian CISO awards 2017, CIO Power List 2018 by Core Media Group, CISO 100 Awards 2017 by IDG Media, CISO Platform 100 Award 2017 and 2018 for IT Security Influencers and Community Contributors Dynamic CISO Award 2018, InfoSec Maestros Award 2017 and 2018 for Top 100 CISOs Voice & Data Telecom Leadership Awards 2017.
Kanu Pathania is Global Head- Information Protection & Investigations, Wipro Limited. Pathania has nearly two decades of rich and versatile experience in both government and corporate sector in thrilling space of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy.
Pathania heads the Information Protection and Investigations portfolio in Wipro. Trained in law, armed with LLM (Criminology) and PGDBA she is committed to lead cross-disciplinary strategic initiatives. Kannu has also served with the Indian Armed Forces as an officer of JAG Corps-Army. In her previous role in the telecom sector, she was part of legal and corporate affairs and handled intricacies of some of the most stringent regulatory regimes.
She is a trained mediator, design thinker & practitioner and is involved in supporting social causes, legal aid and is a strong enthusiast for pro-bono advocacy. With focus on data security, cyber risk, and privacy issues, as both a lawyer and technologist, Kannu is adept at unravelling complex system structure to fully understand legal and regulatory risk.
Dr. Amitabha Yadav is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Software Development and e-Governance of Deen Dayal Upadhyay KAUSHAL Kendra, National PG College, Lucknow.
She regularly conducts workshops, seminars and conferences and creates awareness about Cybersecurity threats and ways to tackle them
She has done her phD in Computer Software Engineering from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow.
Shruthi Kamath is Customer Success Manager at Appsecco, Co-Founded Infosecgirls, Member at Breaking Barriers Women in Cybersecurity- Lean in Circle.
She is a co-founder of Infosecgirls, a community for women passionate about information Security. She was a Panel member at AppSec USA 2015 for a discussion on “Encouraging Diversity and advancing Cybersecurity education” & Google Grant Winner for HITB Amsterdam 2016.
She has conducted workshops and trainings at c0c0n, null & various organizations as part of sessions organized by Infosecgirls while working as a security consultant.
Later she moved from tech to client facing role handling client communication, pre-sales and project management for security teams. She is currently working as Customer Success Manager at Appsecco.
Riddhi Shree is an information security enthusiast with professional experience in software testing, Web app pentesting, Android and iOS app pentesting. She also has experience in Web and mobile app development. She has created a cloud-based vulnerable Android app, called VyAPI, that demonstrates OWASP Mobile top 10 vulnerabilities.
She had been chapter leader for the null Bangalore chapter for more than two years. Currently, she leads the community activities for the Winja community. As part of her work at Winja, she loves creating CTF challenges and organising CTF events. She has presented her work on Web and mobile security through talks and training at various security conferences including BSides (Delhi), c0c0n (Kochi), Nullcon (Goa), ISC2 (Bangalore), HITB (Abu Dhabi).
Angelina Gokhale holds a PhD in Computer Science and is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Symbiosis Centre for Informative Technology. Her areas of research interest include digital image forensics, cybersecurity, deep learning and Quantum machine learning.
She has a total of 8 years of teaching experience in courses related to the field of Information Security, Database Management Systems, IT Infrastructure and Software Engineering. She is volunteer for Winja-CTF track since 2017, Anchor, CXO Panel Track @NullconX, 2019.
Vandana Verma is Security Solutions Architect at IBM India Software Labs. She is a Vice-Chairman of the OWASP Global Board of Directors. She leads Diversity Initiatives like InfosecGirls and Women. She is also the founder of InfosecKids.
She has experience ranging from Application Security to Infrastructure and now dealing with Product Security. She also works in various communities towards diversity initiatives InfosecGirls & WoSec.
Vandana is a member of the Black Hat Asia Review Board as well as multiple other conferences including Grace Hopper India, OWASP AppSec USA to name a few. She is also one of the organiser of BSides Delhi.
She has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards like Cyber Security Woman of the Year Award 2020 by Cyber Sec Awards, Application Security Influencer 2020 by Whitesource, Global cybersecurity influencer among IFSEC Global’s “Top Influencers inSecurity and Fire” Category for 2019, Cybersecurity Women of the year award by Women Cyberjutsu Society in the Category “Secure Coder”. She has also been listed as one of the top women leaders in this field of technology and cybersecurity in India by Instasafe. She has trained over 10000+ Diverse candidates in cybersecurity.
Shifa Cyclewala is the founder of Hacktify Cyber Security. She is a web and mobile application developer with keen experience in the security field. She has experience of 5 years in software development and security training with a special interest in Artificial Intelligence, Logical Programming and Virtual Reality.
Proficient in Application Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Reverse Engineering, Source Code, Phishing and Social Engineering, Malware Analysis, Web application Firewall and Threat Modelling, Programming in Java, Android and Python, Genesis Mechanism of Blockchain and Crypto’s.
Simran Sankhala is an associate security Consultant at Securview Systems, Pune. She is a security enthusiast, Synack Red Team Member, Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst, DSCI- Microsoft Scholarship awardee, Event Management Member of null Community.
She has participated in the management of c0c0n2020. She has contributed in finding bugs and reporting them to help and secure the open-source community, accomplished multiple CVE ID’s (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). She is skilled in Web Application, Network and API Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VA/PT).
Hima Bindu Vejella is a NASSCOM Hackathon Winner 2018, author, speaker, toastmaster and technology evangelist. She is currently working as a senior engineering manager Leading ‘EnCase™ Forensics’, eDiscovery and Security. She motivated many professionals with 200+ sessions at various global events on security and cybersecurity, and privacy from virtual to real. She was recognized as Lady Legend, International Microsoft MVP Awardee for her voluntary exceptional community contributions in technology 8 times in a row.
She is a global speaker at various technical events and communities, MVP Summit, Tech-ED, Microsoft Innovation Summit, Virtual Tech Days & Community Tech Days both in person and online. She has been a core member of Data Security Council of India (DSCI) , Hyderabad chapter, Author at PC Quest, Simple-Talk.
She is a Technical Member at National Cyber Defense Research Center (NCDRC). She holds the Guinness Book World Record for Microsoft APP Fest – Windows8 Hackathon. She was recognized as the governing body for Gudlavalleru Engineering College. She is a Volunteer in Girls in Tech, Workaway.info. Hima is passionate about giving back to the community and women in computing.
Rupika Luhach is an experienced Information Security Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. She is a CEH and OSWP Certified. Tested and passed on many applications of the Indian Government.
She has worked with NIC and Meity and currently working with Bhamashah State Data Center. Strong information technology professional with a Master of Technology – MTech focused in Computer Science from Maharshi Dayanand University Rohtak.
Shreya Pohekar is a systems engineer at TCS. Pohekar is passionate about computers and technology. She is an Android developer and an IOS developer too. Apart from development, she is into penetration testing.
She is RHCSA certified. She has done numerous training that entirely covers the dev-sec-ops. Having ProHacker rank on Hackthebox. She has developed Ujjwal App to aid rural people to stay updated about the schemes.
She has worked on various interesting projects which aims to solve common man’s problem.
Devisha Rochlani is highly agile and enthusiastic strong in terms of audits, strong and experienced articled assistant with a demonstrated history of working in accounting industry with a very intact background in Technology with past history of strong hands over network and system security.
She also has proved her essence and importance with discovering severe web security based vulnerabilities and have successfully bagged up bounties along with multiple HOFs(Hall of Fame) proving multiple working capability along her extensive and agile journey towards becoming a chartered accountant !
She maintains a strong foothold over managing an women is security based community (WoSA) with agility and enthusiasm guiding and leading the next gen upcoming women in STEM and cybersecurity with friendly and supportive nature.
Jancy Jose is a women entrepreneur in IT Industry from Kerala. CEO at Strava Technologies (P) Ltd, which deals with Geo Spatial Technology and Cyber Security.
Her Organisation is First Private Limited company in IT sector at Kerala which was fully controlled by women and being Awarded as Emerging Company of the Year 2015.
She has worked on Product -Cyber Monkey™-A Geo Spatial Intelligence System for Cyber Security & Mobistra for Startups.
Dr Debarati Halder is the founder and Honorary managing director of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (CCVC) (www.cybervictims.org), an online not for profit organization and a think-tank meant for helping and counselling the victims of internet and digital communication crime victims.
Dr Debarati Halder has been sharing awareness about cyber crimes and laws for a long time through her blogs and YouTube channel.
She also runs a web magazine for cyber laws for women titled Gender and internet: web magazine for cyber law for women @https://internetlegalstudies.com/ foir sharing information on cyber laws, court updates on laws for women worldwide.
Dr Debarati Halder, also works closely with intermediaries like Facebook etc, government stakeholders like National Commission for women, State Commissions for women and Commissions for protection of child rights and Ministry of Information technology etc, to help them shape new policy guidelines towards the protection of women and children from online offences.
Dr Halder is an independent legal researcher. She has authored five books and edited one book.
Hanisha Varma is a senior risk manager in L&T Financial services and runs popular YouTube channel where she covers latest trends and prevention related to cyber frauds. She has created videos on prevention from bulk SMS fraud, OTP fraud, online scam, dark web, vishing fraud, juice jacking, fraud loan mobile apps, water hall attack, web jacking, hacking, work from home frauds etc.
In her company she is responsible for identifying frauds and manipulative transactions by the clients and taking action on them. She ensures compliance with respect to exchange & SEBI and monitor high-value turnover client. Varma is responsible for identifying operator based and artificial trading in the shares and taking action on them.
Deepti Sutaria is a legal advisor formulating laws and policies for the GOI on Online crimes for children and women. She has experience of practising lawyer for 22-years as on various designations in the judiciary.
She has worked with different governments and helped to frame policies. She has authored three books. Sutaria is among the pioneer who has raised the issue of internet safety and cyber psychologist.
Aparnaa Laxmi Singh is a Cyber Security practitioner and Cyber Ambassador from Gurugram. An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, and member of Aspire Circle of Enlightened Social Leaders in India, she is a bilingual poet, published author, Rights’ Speaker, Documentation and Communication Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and well awarded Social worker with over twenty- five years of contribution as a community volunteer.
Aparnaa has been a frontline worker during the pandemic and has worked in close coordination with the District Administration and Civil Defense, Gurugram, since April 2020 for collection and distribution of Relief Rations in Gurugram and Delhi all throughout the pandemic period, provision of clothes and footwear for the needy, linking migrant workers to travel support and Covid patients to plasma banks.
She has helped to reach rations to beneficiaries of smaller NGO’s in Delhi, Gurgaon and UP. Till date (February) she has been assisting to raise resources for the provision of blankets, sweaters, caps, etc., woollens, as well as stationery items for beneficiaries of various NGO’s and shelter homes.
Realizing that people needed psychological counselling too, for depression and domestic violence, during the lockdown period she had initiated and leads a Pan India Call- a- Friend, (missed Call) COVID Stress Relief Helpline with a team of well- trained Counsellors based all over India.
She undertook special training during the pandemic period as a Cyber Ambassador, and has been instrumental in promoting Cyber Safety through webinars and talks for various organizations, including Helpage India, and several social media platforms, along with creating and sharing “Cyber Sayani” awareness videos on her YouTube channel Kuch Dil Ne Kaha: Streelogues. Besides, she is founder of the enterprise “Cyber Tiffin”- as a One -stop Cyber Security Solution, having a number of components, including psychological counselling to victims; advise to prevent falling victim to Cyber Crimes; custom made videos through a character called “Cyber Sayani” for Cyber Awareness to specific groups. Her “Cyber Sayani se suno Cyber Kahani” series of podcasts on Cyber Security Awareness is soon to be launched on Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Radio Station in vernacular languages.