Panaji ::: September 21, 2018 … The Regional Cyber Security workshop for West Zone was inaugurated by Dr. Kushal Pathak, Deputy Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, New Delhi today at ESG, Panaji.

The three day long workshop was organized by Chief Electoral Officer, Altinho Goa and was attended by Chief Information Security Officer, Officers from Election Commission of India and District Election Officers and Chief Electoral Officers and Officials officials from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Dadara Nagar Haveli, Madha Pradesh and Goa.

In his key note address, Dr Kushal Pathak, enlightened the various cyber threats for personal and official data by using and sharing social media, emails and internet. He said, keeping in mind the various incidents of data stealing and hacking of websites of several organizations around the world, this workshop will sensitize the election staff for safety of data and also create awareness about the new communication tactics.

He said personal data security is more important in this modern technical era, one can assesses manipulate or delete your data from any part of the world and therefore it is time to sense of urgency to learn all of us to understand and take precaution and measures for safety of our personal data.

Shri Kunal in his welcome address said that the Election data is more important and larger than the data of ‘Aadhar’. He said data contains lots of attributes which can affect privacy of citizen. He pointed that the Election Staff from DEO, CEO and ECI play a very important role in maintaining the data safe. Accumulation of data of eligible voters of the country is important for the Election Commission, but at the same time Shri Kunal stressed that the workshop will go long way to keep our own data safe.

We all are playing very important role for the safety of data.  The data is linked with the security of the country, so all of us have the enormous responsibility to protect it from hacking or theft,” Shri Kunal added. 

The IT experts, in various sessions, shared information on various topics and explained about cyber security. Dr. A. Nagarathna, National Law School of India University, Bangalore explained what is cyber crime, Provisions of Cyber Laws and its applicability on Election Process while Shri Surender Kumar Verma, Scientist B CERT explained current scenario of Cyber Attacks, Types of attack and the Legal Framework of Cyber Security in India.


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