Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash inaugurates online certification course on network security for officers

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Anshu Prakash, Telecom Secretary

On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, and Chairman, Digital Communications Commission, inaugurated an online certificate course on Network Security for training officers. The Course was organised by the premier institute of DoT, the National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training (NTIPRIT).

It is a 36-hour (12 weeks) course, a first of its kind, to train and certify officers working in Network Security. At present, the course has been rolled out for DoT officers, it is proposed to be expanded to cover other government officers and gradually those working in the private sector as well.

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Telecom Security is a complex subject that includes compliance to mandated technical specifications, deployment of secure configurations, ensuring trusted supply chain management, engagement of security vetted personnel for critical functions besides day to day operations management for protecting customer communication taking place through the use of telecom networks. Sound Telecom Network Security is a result of collaborative efforts of Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), various Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and DoT officers, including those in the field (LSAs).

In his address during the launch through a video conference, Anshu Prakash threw light on the importance of telecom network security as well as the need for end-users to safeguard their devices such as mobile phones, laptops and desktops. He highlighted that network security is now highly relevant in the context of the pandemic that has increased dependence on telecom networks and services in all aspects of daily life. The DoT Secretary congratulated NTIPRIT on the launch of the certification course and extended best wishes on the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

(With inputs from PIB)

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