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Lt Gen Rajesh Pant to take over as new nat'l cybersecurity centre chief

Pant has expertise in the field of electronic warfare, geo-intelligence, and cyber warfare. He is also close to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

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Lt Gen Rajesh Pant (retd) is all set to become the National Cyber Coordination Centre' chief (NCCC), taking over from Gulshan Rai, who held the post for four years and who will demit office on March 31.

The Narendra Modi government had created a cyber-security chief's position under the Prime Minister's Office, currently being set up at a budget of Rs 1,000 crore. Pant is presently serving as an Officer on Special Duty at the NCCC.

Pant has expertise in the field of electronic warfare, geo-intelligence, and cyber warfare. He is also close to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The National Cyber Coordination Centre is a one-stop shop on all cyber-related issues, whether it is cybercrime or cybersecurity. It will also act as a bridge between law enforcement agencies, and academia and private cybersecurity professionals. It also focuses on improving cyber-security in the country and on preparing the police forces to help prevent and investigate cyber-crimes and financial frauds.

The centre also screens online threats and coordinates with intelligence agencies to handle national security issues. NCCC takes responsibility of scrutinising any malicious information that may flow into the networks with the help of service providers.

NCCC’S MANDATE

  • NCCC also compiles data and its analysis to make it actionable in real-time by sharing it with various intelligence agencies
     
  • Its mandate also include cyber-intelligence sharing
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