India is rapidly progressing in its digital goals with missions like Make in India and Digital India having a positive effect across the economy. But its dependence on interconnected networks and systems means that cyber security IS a challenge. As one of the most attacked countries in cyberspace, India’s resilience in cybersecurity is key to safeguarding critical assets.
Adjunct Distinguished Fellow
Brijesh Singh is the Additional Director General for police in Maharashtra. Formerly responsible for Maharashtra Cyber, a unit looking after the cyber security of the Government of Maharashtra (GoM), he has led the implementation of the MH Cyber Project, CERT-MH and Predictive Policing units. As the Secretary-and-DG of Information & Public Relations Directorate, he has led modernisation projects like the Media and Social-Media Analysis Centre. As Inspector-General of the CID, he implemented the prestigious Crime and Criminal Tracking System for Maharashtra police, connecting all of its 1100 police stations by an advanced technology platform. He has successfully led the Maharashtra Cyber Security Project and the Combating Cybercrimes Unit in Maharashtra, using Predictive-Policing, cutting-edge Cyber-Forensics tools, CERT-MH and Centre-of-Excellence. He is the DG’s Insignia 2016 awardee. Under his leadership, 48 state-of-the-art District-Cyber-Labs have been set up, making Maharashtra first state in the country to sanction 43 cyber police stations. He has led cyber capacity-building and public awareness projects in the state. He has also implemented the first Automated Multi-Modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS), initiative in India, where IRIS, facial recognition, finger- and palm-prints will be used to identify crimes in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Cyber Digital Crime Unit (MCDCU), a government-industry anti-piracy collaboration, led by Mr. Singh, has successfully taken down over 400 pirate-websites and issued critical advisories. MCDCU and AMBIS have been awarded with several national and international honours, with their contributions recognised by international organisations like the World Intellectual Property Organization. His recent book on terrorism, “Dangerous Minds of India”, has been well received.
BE (Mining), MA (Psychology), MA (Public Administration), Diploma in Computer Forensics, PGD (Foreign Trade)
Cybersecurity and Technology
Last modified: September 2, 2022
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