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NeGD & MeitY organises Training Programme for 43rd CISO batch

The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has commenced the 43rd installment of the Chief Information Security Officers’ Deep Dive Training Programme as part of the Cyber Surakshit Bharat Initiative.

The Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative, initiated by MeitY, aims to raise awareness about cybercrime and enhance the capabilities of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT personnel across government departments. This is crucial for implementing effective safety measures against cyber threats and ensuring that organizations are equipped to defend their digital infrastructures. The program, held at the Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi from April 8th to 12th, 2024, gathered participants from various regions including Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The inaugural session witnessed the presence of senior officials from MeitY, NeGD, and IIPA. The training was tailored to equip CISOs with comprehensive knowledge of cyber-attacks, acquaint them with the latest safeguarding technologies, and empower them to extend the benefits of resilient e-infrastructure to their respective organizations and the public. Moreover, it provided insights into legal frameworks, enabling CISOs to develop robust cybersecurity policies and crisis management plans.

The primary objectives of the program include raising awareness, enhancing capacities, and fostering a cyber-resilient ecosystem within government departments. By sensitizing participants to cyber safety and security measures, the initiative aims to support the Digital India program, facilitating the integrated delivery of government services to citizens. Additionally, it aims to impart comprehensive knowledge about cybersecurity to government departments, ensuring they maintain cyber hygiene, safety, and security.

Launched in 2018, the CISO training program represents a unique partnership between the government and industry consortium, operating under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Since its inception, the NeGD has conducted 43 batches of CISO deep-dive training programs, benefitting over 1,604 CISOs and frontline IT officials until April 2024.