MUMBAI: In a significant development, Brijesh Singh, a senior IPS officer, has been appointed as the principal secretary in the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The appointment of Singh is noteworthy as he is the first senior IPS officer to be appointed to the Chief Minister’s Office in recent years.
Singh, who belongs to the 1996 batch of IPS officers, had previously served as the director general of information and public relations during the tenure of former Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was also the head of the cyber crime section, which reported directly to the chief secretary.
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Singh is a specialist in the field of cybersecurity and has supervised the Maharashtra Police’s cybersecurity unit. He has been instrumental in implementing various projects related to cybercrime, such as the MH Cyber Project, CERT MH, and Predictive Policing units. Singh has also been involved in developing several successful IT police schemes such as the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & System (CCTNS) project, online first information reports (FIRs), enhanced forensics, and digitalization of the state’s criminal data.
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Singh has extensive experience in various arms of law enforcement, including the CID, and was previously named the Special Inspector General of Police For Women Atrocity Prevention, a Maharashtra government-created special authority. He is also the author of two books on the issue of cybersecurity and information security.
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In his professional career, Singh has always emphasized updating his knowledge base with the latest developments in cybercrime investigation methodologies and technology deployment. He is regarded as an unrivalled cyber fighter and is in high demand as a speaker at cybersecurity and information security conferences. Singh is also an advocate of open-source intelligence (OSINT) and coding and is known for his problem-solving skills and innovative solutions.
Singh’s appointment is expected to bolster the Maharashtra government’s efforts in combating cybercrime and enhancing the state’s security apparatus.
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