MeitY’s Cyber Surakshit Bharat Initiative Strengthens Government Cybersecurity with 40th CISO Deep-Dive Training Program

In a significant stride towards bolstering India’s cybersecurity infrastructure, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (MeitY) Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative continues to make strides with the successful conclusion of its 40th Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Deep-Dive training program. Hosted by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), the week-long training brought together 31 participants from key states including Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and New Delhi.

The training program, held at the prestigious Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi from December 4th to 8th, aimed to enhance the cybersecurity capabilities of CISOs and frontline IT officials across various government departments. The initiative falls under NeGD’s Capacity Building scheme and aligns with the overarching mission of Cyber Surakshit Bharat – spreading awareness about cybercrime and equipping officials with the skills necessary to combat the growing threats in the digital landscape.

Addressing the participants, S Krishnan urged CISO officers to think innovatively and futuristically while supporting the cybersecurity endeavors of their respective organizations. He also acknowledged the Department of Telecommunication’s role in navigating challenges posed by emerging technologies such as 5G and 6G.

The program’s overarching purpose is to create a cyber-resilient ecosystem by spreading awareness, building capacity, and enabling government departments to enhance their cybersecurity posture. Participants were sensitized and oriented on cyber safety and security, aligning with the broader goals of the Digital India program, which seeks to provide integrated delivery of various government services to citizens.

Since its inception in June 2018, the NeGD has successfully conducted 40 batches of CISO Deep-Dive training programs, reaching over 1,523 CISOs and frontline IT officials. This milestone underscores the commitment of MeitY and its partners to fortify the nation’s digital infrastructure against evolving cyber threats and ensures that India remains at the forefront of cybersecurity readiness.

Distinguished guests at the inaugural session included Shri S Krishnan, Secretary of MeitY, and Shri S N Tripathi, Director-General of IIPA, along with other senior officials from MeitY, NeGD, and IIPA. Emphasizing the critical role of cybersecurity in the face of escalating cyber-attacks, Shri S Krishnan highlighted the vulnerabilities in the digital era and underscored the indispensable role of CISOs in orchestrating effective cybersecurity strategies within organizations.

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