Experts Dissect Contours of National Cyber Foundation for Digital India


New Delhi: Some of the most challenging issues in the domain of cyberspace were dissected at a conference in the National Capital recently. The theme of the ‘2nd GCTC Cybersecurity Conference’, which was held at Engineers Bhawan in New Delhi from April 26 to 28, 2023, was ‘Contours of National Cyber Foundation for Digital India’.

The conference witnessed engaging discussions and presentations from leading experts on the most pressing issues in the field of cyberspace, such as ‘New & Emerging Technologies’, ‘National Architecture for Cyberspace Management & Initiatives by State Governments’, ‘Digital Payments’, ‘Global Cybersecurity Landscape’, ‘Critical Information Infrastructure Protection such as Banking, Energy, IT, Telecom, Healthcare, & Supply Chains’, ‘Cyber Warfare’, ‘Stakeholders Perspectives, Jobs & Careers in Cyberspace’, ‘Cyber Laws: National & International Perspective’, and ‘Cybercrimes & Digital Forensics’ among others.

The conference was held under the patronage of Digital India Corporation (DIC), the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The other key partners for the conference included IIT Delhi, National Forensic Sciences University, Ernst & Young, CyberPeace Foundation, Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (a joint initiative of the Government of Telangana and Data Security Council of India), Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), and New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM).

The conference had active participation from the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, State Police forces, Reserve Bank of India, public and private sector banks, PSUs, journalists, cybersecurity firms, and representatives from academia.

The Chief Guest at the conference was Suresh Prabhu, former Union Minister, G20 & G7 Sherpa, and Chancellor, Rishihood University.

The key speakers included Dr Kanwal Sibal (former Foreign Secretary, GoI), Amb. Shashank (former Foreign Secretary, GoI), Amb. Shamma Jain (former Ambassador of India to Greece), NS Nappinai (Advocate, Supreme Court of India & Founder, CyberSaathi), Dr Shekhar Dutt (former Governor of Chattisgarh and Former Dy. NSA), Anjani Kumar, IPS (DGP, Telangana), Sanjay Kundu, IPS (DGP, Himachal Pradesh), Lt Gen K J Singh (former GOC-in-C, Western Army Command), Rama Subramaniam Gandhi (former Dy. Governor, RBI), Prof Huzur Saran (Professor, IIT-Delhi), Lt Gen Raj Shukla (Member, UPSC and former GOC-in-C,Army Training Command), Margus Solnson (Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Estonia), Michael Chertoff (former US Secretary of Homeland Security), Anil Razdan, (IAS Retd., former Power Secretary, GoI), B. Paparaju (CISO, ONGC), Dr Yask (CISO, IOCL), Manish Shanker Sharma, IPS (Addl. DGP, Madhya Pradesh), Dr Sanjay Bahl (DG, CERT-In), Dr Sriram Birudavolu (CEO, Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence), Suma Varughese (Outstanding Scientist and DG, MED & CoS, DRDO), Rajnish Kumar (Chairman, BharatPe & former Chairman, SBI), Vinit Goenka (Spokesperson, BJP Delhi Pradesh and author), Prof V M Bansal (Chairman, New Delhi Institute of Management), Pavan Duggal (Advocate, Supreme Court of India), and Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar (former Judge Adjutant General, Indian Army and Executive President, Indian Society of International Law).