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IT Secretary Ladakh mulls over contours of ‘Information & Cyber Security Policy’

05:18 AM Nov 22, 2023 IST | IANS
it secretary ladakh mulls over contours of ‘information   cyber security policy’
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Leh, Nov 21: Administrative Secretary of Information Technology, UT Ladakh Amit Sharma Tuesday, presided over a meeting at the Civil Secretariat in Leh, to deliberate and discuss the formulation of a comprehensive ‘Information and cyber security” policy, tailored to the unique needs of the UT (Ladakh).

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A government spokesperson said that the meeting attended by experts from the National Institute for Smart Government and officials from the Information Technology Department marked a significant pace in acknowledging the critical role that cybersecurity plays in safeguarding the integrity of digital infrastructure.

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The discussions explored various facets of information security, encompassing the protection of sensitive data, critical infrastructure, and the privacy of citizens. Participants engaged in a thorough analysis of emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities specific to the Ladakh region, paving the way for a targeted and effective policy.

Secretary Amit Sharma underscored the imperative nature of a robust cybersecurity framework, especially in an era where digital advancements were transforming the landscape of governance and public services. He highlighted the need for a collective effort to combat cyber threats and promote a culture of cybersecurity awareness and education among the populace.

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“This important meeting marks a crucial step towards fortifying defences against cyber threats and ensuring the trust and safety of citizens in the digital realm,” Sharma stated.

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Key areas addressed in the meeting included the establishment of a dedicated cybersecurity task force, regular security audits, and the development of capacity-building programs for government officials and the public, the spokesperson said.

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The proposed Information and Cyber Security Policy is expected to be a benchmark document, aligning with international best practices while addressing the unique challenges faced by Ladakh. The meeting concluded with a consensus on the urgency of finalizing the policy and initiating its implementation at the earliest.

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