CyberPeace Foundation, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and Ranchi University have entered into a strategic collaboration to work together in the areas of cyberspace research, policy and advocacy, among others. Major Vineet Kumar, president, CyberPeace Foundation, K. K. Thakur, IETE Ranchi chairperson and Dr. Kamini Kumar, Ranchi University vice chancellor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on May 19.
While IETE and CyberPeace Foundation will be responsible to provide technical guidance to the programme, Ranchi University will be responsible for infrastructure support including faculty support and developing a research lab for the cause.
The collaboration effective from Thursday will encourage research in the field cyberpeace, cyber security, cyber defence and internet engineering and governance. With lack of skilled manpower in the area of cybersecurity defence, the collaboration aims to launch new initiatives in concerned areas and introduce technical training to enhance skills in this domain.
The collaboration will also promote cyber security entrepreneurship, innovation, design and develop indigenous software to help maintain cyber security, cyber peace and Internet standards.
Besides, the collaboration will encourage events, awareness programmes, internship opportunities, cyber security skills and education, research and development and faculty development programmes. Some of the activities planned include live project, CyberPeace Quick Reaction Team (CQRT), global and national level cyber security hackathon, internship opportunities, certifications, updates on events and activitiesand CyberPeace Club.
A joint committee, a joint expert group and an advisory council will be constituted for the overall administrative, academic, monitoring and review of the programme.
On the occasion, KK Thakur said, “Jharkhand IETE and CyberPeace Foundation have jointly done this CoE and have been engaged in different research work, which have been published in various newspapers and magazines. This MoU with Ranchi University is really going to be a landmark for us as Jharkhand is already dealing with a lot of cybercrimes. This step is taken to educate people, the young generation, police personnel, teachers and netizens. We wish to see a lot of cyber training and this COE is going to work in this direction. We are going to launch good courses for our students. There are a lot of job opportunities in this field and this is really going to be a boon for our state.”
Addressing the audience, Major Vineet Kumar said, “CyberPeace Foundation is a global initiative started in India that aspires to create an ecosystem for cyberpeace and cyber security across the globe. It also aims to provide a platform to the students to showcase their cyber expertise and get them skill ready for the opportunities in the field of cyber security. There is still a cyber security workforce gap of more than 2.72 million positions. Through this CoE we wish to bridge the skill gap.”
Ranchi based CyberPeace Foundation is an apolitical civil society organisation and think tank of cyber security and policy experts. To know more, visit https://www.cyberpeace.org/.
Founded in 1953, the New Delhi headquartered IETE is a leading professional society devoted to the advancement of science and technology of electronics, telecommunication, computer and information technology.
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