U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, CUTS International Orgnaise workshop to mitigate Cyber Threats for MSMEs, Women entrepreneurs

Nagaland Tribune, April 04, 2024

The U.S. Consulate General Kolkata and CUTS International, in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and YouthNet Incubation Centre (YIC), organized a daylong workshop today at Kohima, Nagaland, for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Women Entrepreneurs to equip them with knowledge and hands-on training on how to identify and combat cybersecurity threats and become cyber-resilient.

Participants, mostly women entrepreneurs from more than 50 enterprises, participated in the workshop. The U.S. Consulate General Kolkata is supporting the initiative across the East and Northeast India to support the region’s capacity to cope with the growing threat of cyber-crimes for small businesses, especially those led by women entrepreneurs.

“Cybersecurity is one of the top challenges that countries, companies and individuals face in the twenty first century. It is very important that entrepreneurs of all backgrounds know how to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risk,” said Juan Clar, Deputy Director of the American Center and Assistant Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General Kolkata. Clar also acknowledged the U.S. and India’s close strategic partnership in many areas with cybersecurity being one of them.

He concluded by conveying his best wishes to the participants and thanked CUTS for organizing the workshop.

Abhishek Mishra, Additional Director, Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Government of India shared that cyber security is the lowest priority for SMEs which can bring vulnerability to the entire ecosystem of the SME sector. “If not today, tomorrow SMEs will face cyber threats. It is time to prioritize and counter such threats. STPI is working to build SME networks across the country and provide opportunities to SMEs to promote them globally. Such initiatives by CUTS International and YouthNet are very timely to educate SMEs on cyber security and will surely help SMEs to avoid cyber betrayal,” stated Mishra.

Meanwhile, Sumanta Biswas, Senior Program Officer of CUTS International, stressed on adoption of digital technologies which have accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic where many MSMEs went online without the required understanding and safeguards to combat cyber-attacks, rendering them vulnerable. He said:

“The workshop would equip the entrepreneurs with the basic understanding of the possible ways of cyber-attacks and methods to combat the threats,” said Biswas, claiming that the training will help the entrepreneurs to combat at least 70 percent of the cyber-attacks.

The workshop’s key trainers were Saket Kumar Jha, Scientist – D, C-DAC Patna, and Sonal Kamal, Knowledge Associate & OSD (R&D), C-DAC Patna. Both of them work in the Cyber Security and Forensics Team of C-DAC Patna.

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