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January 14, 2022

University Grants Commission organizes a webinar on "Cyber security empowerment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)."

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 13, 2022— The Government of India has launched a 75-week long campaign, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate the country’s achievements. The University Grants Commission (UGC), as part of this campaign, is conducting a series of activities beginning with a sensitization webinar on “Cyber security Empowerment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” an effort towards making cyber security more accessible, available, and adaptable for HEIs.

Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, delivered the welcome address and introduced all panelists. He set the context for the Webinar, stressing the need for cybersecurity awareness with the increased dependence on IT post-pandemic. Prof. Jain emphasized that the pandemic has put Higher Education in cyberspace, making HEIs face cybersecurity issues. He said that there is a need for HEIs to understand how they can address cyber security issues and manage cyber hygiene.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Rajesh Pant, Chief (retd.), National Cyber Security Coordinator, National Cyber Coordination Centre, PMO delivered the keynote address. He reiterated the threat cybercrime poses to the economy and national security. Lt. Gen. Pant focused on Cybersecurity for personal information and intellectual property in the HEIs. He highlighted the institutions’ structure that makes them susceptible to cybercrimes and the measures to address these issues.

Shri Abhishek Singh, CEO, My Gov, and President & CEO NeGD, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, emphasized the importance of cyber security due to the increased dependency and use of cyberspace. He touched upon the various aspects of cybercrimes and the processes for reporting cybersecurity issues.

Mr. Deepak Virmani, Deputy Secretary, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Cyber & Information Security, Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, spoke about the Ministry of Home Affairs’ initiatives and its efforts in controlling Cybercrimes. He discussed the seven verticals of the scheme involving training police personnel and government functionaries.

Dr. Charru Malhotra, Coordinator, Centre of e-Governance, Indian Institute of Planning and Administration, New Delhi, brought out the findings on Cybersecurity through analysis of a pre-webinar questionnaire shared with HEIs. She highlighted the current status amongst HEIs about cyber security and their preparedness.

Through his address, Prof. Naveen Chowdhary, National Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar, shared the cybersecurity threat landscape highlighting cases of compromises on Cybersecurity in Educational Institutions’ research facilities. In addition, he provided a detailed outlook and a framework for Cybersecurity.

Dr. Atul Kumar Pandey, Chairperson, Rajiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre, NLIU, Bhopal, spoke about the threat landscape in HEIs and the importance of Cybersecurity in HEIs. He shed light on various components like content protection and privacy and capacity building for addressing Cybersecurity.

The address by the panelists was followed by a Question and Answer session from the faculty members from HEIs.

The Webinar discussed cyber security issues of HEIs. It was the first step towards cyber security sensitization and awareness of Higher Education Institutions.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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