Government trains 4,000 officials in cyber security
On Tuesday, an official informed that the Ministry of electronics and information technology has virtually trained over 4,000 government officials in cyber safety. The officials were trained in the last three months due to the increasing cyber attacks. (Hindustan Times).
India has been witnessing a sharp surge in the number of cyber incidents across many sectors. The country has also faced several high-profile cyber attacks over the last couple of years. Union minister of state for MeitY Sanjay Dhotre underscored that a total of 110, 54, and 59 websites of Central ministries, departments, and state governments were hacked in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively.
To tackle such cases, the Ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) started virtual training in cyber safety last December. The course offers two variants. The first one is a one-day basic training to avoid cases of cyber breaches and digital sanitisation and the second one is a five-day deep dive into the technical aspects of the same. The officials said that the advanced session had fewer takers.
An official said, “More government officials are increasingly applying for the course. We aim to try and train all government employees in the course of six months.”
Both the training programmes are being implemented by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Hyderabad.
According to course document accessed by HT, 1,000 participants can be trained during the webinar. The training consists of information security at the organisational level, cyber ethics and details of cyber offences, data, passwords and email security, mobile security, mobile app security and social engineering attacks.
An independent consultant on defence and cyber issues, Subimal Bhattacharjee said, “This is a good step by the government to sensitise basics to all employees and also have a special course of technical staff of every ministry/department.”
He further said, “At the same time, the employees also should be trained about they should keep their official and government online platforms separately and have well defined access control to official networks. More number of employees should be motivated to undertake these courses and keep on updating themselves after the courses periodically.”
This step by the government will be part of a long-awaited overhaul in how India approaches dangers in the digital domain.