Workshop to mitigate cyber threats in Gangtok

Sikkim Express, November 09, 2022

A daylong workshop to mitigate cyber threats for women-led small businesses in Gangtok was organised here today.
The workshop was organised by the U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata and CUTS International, in collaboration with the Commerce & Industries department, Sikkim Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Cell (SEED Cell), Gangtok and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Patna.

The objective of the workshop is to equip women in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with knowledge and hands-on training on how to identify and combat cyber security threats and become more cyber- resilient, informs a press release.

Representatives from more than 60 women-led enterprises participated in the workshop.

CUTS International associate director Arnab Ganguly mentioned that adoption of digital technologies have accelerated due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and many MSMEs went online without the required understanding and safeguards to combat cyber-attacks, reducing them more vulnerable. He thanked the US Consulate General, Kolkata, department of Commerce and Industries, SEED Cell, Gangtok; and C-DAC, Patna for support in effectively organising the workshop.

Commerce & Industries director M. Ravi Kumar highlighted that many of the small enterprises are resorting to digital marketing to reach out to a significantly large consumer base. Additionally, they are also resorting to digital payments and online transactions. While growth in the use of digital tools is becoming more popular, it is also rendering enterprises, especially women-led enterprises vulnerable to cyber-attacks and financial losses.

Under these circumstances, it is an imperative to generate awareness among the entrepreneurs on the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of cyber security, including which personal data / information should not be shared with people.
The key trainers for the workshop were Saket Kumar Jha, senior project engineer and Sonal Kamal, knowledge associate from Cyber Security & Forensics team of C-DAC Patna.

Two more workshops regarding the same that will be organised in Shillong and Itanagar, the release mentions.

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