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India’s Digital Evolution: Cybersecurity to Tech Innovation

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In response to the escalating threat of cybercrime, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) introduced the visionary ‘Cyber Surakshit Bharat’ initiative. Its broader objective is to equip organisations with the necessary tools to defend their digital infrastructures, ensuring they are future-ready to combat cyber-attacks effectively.

This initiative, grounded in the mission to raise awareness about cyber threats and enhance the capabilities of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT officials across government departments, aims to fortify safety measures against the growing menace of cybercrime.

Under the umbrella of its Capacity Building scheme, the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) is at the forefront of organising the 41st CISO Deep-Dive training programme, scheduled from January 16 to 20, 2024. Participants from various states will converge at the National Law University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The programme’s overarching goal is threefold: to disseminate awareness, build capacities, and empower government departments to foster a cyber-resilient ecosystem. By sensitising and orienting participants on cyber safety and security, the programme aligns with the Digital India initiative, facilitating the integrated delivery of diverse government services to citizens.

It provides a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity, offering holistic information and knowledge to empower government departments in managing their cyber hygiene, safety, and security effectively.

Since its inception in June 2018, the NeGD has successfully conducted 41 batches of CISO deep-dive training programmes, benefiting over 1,548 CISOs and frontline IT officials. This remarkable milestone underscores the initiative’s commitment to continuous learning, capacity building, and staying ahead of evolving cyber threats.

As India’s digital landscape evolves, initiatives like ‘Cyber Surakshit Bharat’ play a pivotal role in shaping a cyber-resilient future, ensuring the nation is well-prepared to navigate the complexities of the digital age.

In an event in the same vein, the Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, Shri S Krishnan, inaugurated two initiatives – the “Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Intelligent Internet of Things (IIoT) Sensors” and India’s inaugural Graphene Centre, “India Innovation Centre for Graphene (IICG),” at Maker Village in Kochi, Kerala.

These initiatives, established in collaboration with the Government of Kerala, aim to drive R&D, product innovation, and capacity building in the areas of IIoT sensors and graphene technologies.

The CoE in IIoT Sensors, located at Maker Village Kochi, is a distinctive facility that seeks to accelerate the development of sensors within the Intelligent IoT systems domain. Covering a broad range of applications, this centre is designed to catalyze advancements in intelligent sensors for networks, devices, and sensor systems.

Simultaneously, the India Innovation Centre for Graphene (IICG), also situated at Maker Village Kochi, is a collaborative effort with a private company. The centre focuses on fostering research, product innovation, and capacity building in the field of graphene and 2D material systems.

Digital University Kerala (DUK) and the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET)-Thrissur serve as technical partners for the establishment of these centres, contributing their expertise to create comprehensive facilities for R&D, incubation, innovation, skilling, capacity building, testing, and certification.

S Krishnan emphasized the crucial role of IIoT sensors and graphene technologies in propelling digital transformation and economic growth. He highlighted the primary objectives of creating complete ecosystems for startups in these areas and stressed that these centres will provide end-to-end solutions, covering material development to product/system development.

India is actively investing in upskilling its workforce to ensure active participation in an increasingly digital world while prioritizing online safety. Recognizing the transformative impact of digital technologies on various industries, the country has undertaken initiatives to equip its citizens with the necessary skills to navigate and contribute to the digital landscape effectively.


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