PMO finds a Chief of Cyber Security


It is reported (Refer article in ET) that Dr Gulshan Rai who has been a veteran in Cyber Security and part of MCIT for a long time has been drafted by the PMO as head of Cyber Security.

In the recent days, PM has been expressing some concern on Cyber Security and there was no better person to take this forward. In the Corporate world, we say that a designation/appointment of a person as CISO is a significant development in the road to Information Security implementation. Similarly this appointment is a significant step to demonstrate the commitment of the Government to address Cyber Security Issues.

We take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Gulshan Rai and wish him all the best. We hope necessary support would be made available by the Government to Dr Rai to ensure that his mission would be successful.

At the same time we need to remind that Dr Gulshan Rai was the Head of Department overseeing the Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CAT) which is still crying for appointment of a Chair Person. Our repeated requests to Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad as well as the PMO has not elicited any response.

Since Dr Rai is fully aware of the past issues involved in this aspect, we trust that CAT would soon get activated.

During the previous time when CAT was active, there was a move to set up a bench of CAT in Bangalore.

I request Dr Rai to take up this suggestion once again so that litigants from South India need not travel to Delhi every time for hearings.

I also draw the attention of Mr Siddaramaiah, the honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka with a request to take up the issue to the logical end.



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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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