Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion

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Dr. Gul­shan Rai is In­dia’s first cy­ber­se­cu­rity chief, ap­pointed to this po­si­tion in April 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Rai was Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, CERT-In, In­dian Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Team. Dr. Rai has over 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy which in­clude Cy­ber Se­cu­rity, e-Gov­er­nance, Le­gal Frame­work and the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Act for e-com­merce, and sev­eral re­lated fields. Prior to this, he was Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, ERNET In­dia for over 7 years and he was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up of the first large-scale ed­u­ca­tion and re­search net­work in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the lead­ing ed­u­ca­tional and re­search in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try. Dr. Rai has been work­ing since 1998 in the area of evolv­ing le­gal frame­work to ad­dress is­sues aris­ing out of cy­berspace. His sus­tained ef­forts in the area have re­sult- ed in sec­ond Tech­nol­ogy Leg­is­la­tion in the His­tory of In­dia i.e. In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Act and re­cent amend­ments in the Act.

The coun­try is in the process of im­ple­ment­ing few cru­cial projects, for ex­am­ple, set­ting up of Na­tional Cy­ber Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre, Se­cu­rity Test­ing In­fra­struc­ture, Se­cu­rity Frame­work for E-Gov­er­nance In­fra­struc­ture and Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has al­ready ap­proved these projects be­sides the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Pol­icy is also un­der ap­proval. The pol­icy needs to be im­ple­mented in the coun­try. All these projects re­quire ex­pe­ri­ence at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level and knowl­edge in the area and con­ti­nu­ity so as to im­ple­ment in a time tar­get­ing man­ner. The en­tire investment is ex­pected to be

2000 crores in the next 3 years.

Dr Gul­shan Rai, Head—Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cell, PMO re­ceiv­ing the Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion award

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