On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and Chairman, Digital Communications Commission, has inaugurated an online certificate course on network security.
The Course was organised by the National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training (NTIPRIT), the premier training institute of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India. This is a 36-hour (12 week) course to train and certify officers in network security and is the first of its kind.
The course is presently for DoT officers but is proposed to be expanded to cover other officers of the government and gradually will be expanded for the private sector also.
Telecom security is a complex subject which 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), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and DoT officers, including those in the field (LSAs).
While inaugurating the course through video conferencing, Anshu Prakash talked about 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 pointed out this is now especially relevant in the context of the pandemic that has increased dependence on telecom networks and services in all aspects of daily life.