New Delhi: The University Grants Commission has directed all Varsities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to facilitate and encourage academic fraternity to work on cyber security and to include curriculum content.

The Commission noted that the Government is in the process of drafting a National Cyber ​​Security Strategy document and until then cyber security awareness should begin at the school level.

“Cyberspace is a complex environment that includes interactions between people, software and services, supported by information and communication technology (ICT) devices and networks. It is vulnerable to a variety of events, whether intentional or accidental, man-made or natural. Therefore, awareness of cyber security is a major concern in today’s network world, ”UGC Secretary Rajneesh Jain said in a letter to Vice Chancellors.

“The government is in the process of setting a national cybersecurity strategy record. In the meantime, cyber security awareness should begin at the school level, where the curriculum can begin with cyber security measures and progressively include the offensive and defensive elements at the IIT and higher education level,” he said.

Directing HEIs to take appropriate action on the implementation of cyber security awareness, the Commission said, “Hells can further promote, promote and facilitate academic fraternity work in the conduct of cyber security start-ups and hackathons.”

According to the United Nations, millions of children around the world are at risk of online sexual exploitation, violence and cyber bullying as schools close down the Kovid-19 lockdown and spend more time on virtual platforms.

More than 1.5 billion children and young people have been affected by the closure of schools worldwide, and many are now taking classes and socializing online, according to UN children’s agency UNICEF.

When a nationwide lockdown was announced in March to cover the spread of coronavirus infection, all teaching and learning activities had to be moved online to avoid disruption to learning.

The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) sent detailed guidelines to schools in May, defining the role of teachers and parents in promoting the safe, legal and ethical use of the Internet by students.

The cybersecurity and security guidelines issued to schools and parents by NCERT include allowing only authorized people access to computer labs, banning the use of USBs, restricting pop-ups, and checking the appearance of new and unfamiliar icons on the desktop.

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