Cyber Surakshit Bharat (CISO)

With increasing digitization and use of Internet technologies in governance and in every sphere of our life, the possibility of cyber crime has also increased. To address the emerging challenges of cyber security, Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) is implementing a broader outreach programme ‘Cyber Surakshit Bharat’ in collaboration with leading IT Industry consortium and related government organizations. The programme educates and enables Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and broader IT community to address and mitigate the emerging challenges and create awareness among end users. Launched on January 19, 2018, it is the-first-of-its-kind of partnership between the Government and industry consortium under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

The industry consortium consists of Microsoft, E&Y, IBM, Intel, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, Samsung, F5, Lucideus Technologies and Dbaux.  MeitY organizations, such as, NIC, CERT-In, STQC and CDAC are knowledge partner in this programme. NeGD, an arm of Ministry of Electronics and IT, is supporting in designing and delivery of this  training programme.

Target Participants:

The objective of this deep dive programme is to educate and enable 1200 Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), broader IT community within the Central/State Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Banks and Government Organizations to address the following challenges of cyber security.

  • Create awareness on the emerging landscape of cyber threats
  • Provide in-depth understanding on key activities, new initiatives, challenges and related solutions
  • Applicable frameworks, guidelines & policies related to the subject
  • Share best practices to learn from success & failures
  • Provide key inputs to take informed decision on Cyber Security related issues in their respective functional area

The training was conducted across 6 cities, namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad in the country, since June 2018 till February 2020 with a target to train CISOs and broader IT officials working in different parts of the country. This has covered a wide number of participants from the States and Central governments, including critical sector like Defence, Power, Communications, Railways, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Niti Aayog, Election Commission, Public Sector Banks and Insurance companies.

Around 1,441 officials have been trained under this programme till June 2023.

In view of COVID-19 pandemic, the deep-dive training is now being conducted online.


The course content for the training was developed after intense consultations with industry partners. Some broad topics that are covered in the training are Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC), Network Security, End Point Security, Mobile Security, Application and Data Security, Information Security Management System with focus on ISO27001, Cloud Security, Cryptography, Security Audit, Log Management, Operation & Monitoring, Development of Cyber Crisis Management Plan and Information Technology (IT) Act 2000. Content has been updated and revised as per feedback received from participants.

This training provides a real world outlook of cyber security scenario and how to meet such cyber challenges. A Chief Information Security Officer without any technical background find it very useful to understand the cyber security scenario and how to go about it.

To make the training more engaging, 5 to 6 six teams are formed amongst the participants and each team is given a topic to make presentation on the last day of the training based on the learning from the training.

Awareness materials (posters) are being distributed to various Government Departments and Organization to be displayed at prominent places for spreading awareness on cyber security.