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Officers need to be vigilant, capable of dealing with cyber threats: Advisor Bhatnagar

JAMMU: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on Tuesday said that the officers need to be vigilant and capable of securely dealing with attempts of phishing and other modes of compromising devices and leakage of digital information.

“One is only as secure as the weakest link in one’s digital safety measures. It is always suggested to think twice before opening or responding to an unsolicited email, SMS, or other forms of digital communication”, the Advisor underscored while inaugurating the three-day workshop on ‘Information and Cyber Security’ at Convention Centre.

Advisor Bhatnagar remarked that legal safeguards and frameworks should be established to deal with all aspects of cyber crime and cyber security besides common citizens should be enlightened about the ways and means by which they are protected online.

The workshop has been organised by J&K e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) in collaboration with National Institute for Smart Governance (NISG) to sensitise and train senior civil and police officers of the J&K administration on the subject.

Advisor Bhatnagar lauded the efforts of the technical agencies for educating the officers in cyber security, and highlighted that Cyber Security is crucial for the increasingly digital nature of governance, at personal, organisational and national level.

Enumerating on the importance of Cyber Security, He highlighted that Citizens are increasingly using smart devices and availing government services through digital mode and it is therefore imminent that citizens are digital savvy and well educated about using digital platforms.

The Advisor quoted the quote of PM Modi on Cyber Security as, “The IT sector is our great strength and the more we use this power the more confident we will be in our security. Cyber security is no longer limited to the digital World it has become a matter of national security.”

In her address, Commissioner/Secretary IT, Prerna Puri applauded the efforts of JaKeGA for successfully attempting to reach out to the grass roots via digital mode through Digital Village Centres in 44 Gram Panchayats across the UT.

The three days workshop would witness physical participation of 600 senior officers, while it is expected that around 900 officers/officials will participate virtually from all over J&K. The people including youth and Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) of CSCs from 44 Panchayats have been targeted to get trained during the workshop through video conferencing using the DVC links.

Secretary Mining, Amit Sharma; CEO JaKeGA, Abhishek Sharma; Senior Vice President, NISG, Srinath Chakravarthy; senior officers of J&K Administration and other concerned officials attended the inaugural session of the workshop.


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