Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Project

Keeping in view the pervasive nature and impact of cyber security on all walks of life - economic and social, Government of India has identified Information Security as one of the major thrust area for launching various development programs. One of the key elements essential for information security is availability of right kind of qualified and well trained human resources, who could take up Research & Development (R&D), develop indigenous solutions / software, secure and maintain various systems including critical infrastructure.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology ( MeitY)

has approved a project in 2005 entitled Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) which was completed in 2014 and Phase II of the said Project was approved in April 2014 with an outlay of Rs. 96.08 crore for a period of 5 years.


Capacity building in the area of Information Security to address the human resource requirement of the country, by

  • Generation of core research manpower to undertake basic/fundamental research, applied research, research in the area of product/solution design and development in selected thematic areas of national strategic importance to build indigenous products/solutions.
  • Introduction of Information Security curriculum in formal courses like M.Tech./M.E./M.S., B.Tech/B.E., Post Graduate Diploma courses, faculty training, modular/short term knowledge oriented courses etc. through academic institutions
  • Launching non-formal modular/short-term knowledge-cum-skill oriented courses etc. for working professionals at all levels including the flexible certificate programs, certification scheme through NIELIT, CDAC etc.
  • Launching formal courses on virtual mode using the NKN Network to expand the training capacities

Training of Government Personnel

Creation of mass information security awareness targeted towards

  • Academic Users: School level - Children, Parents & Teachers, College level - Students & Faculties
  • General Users: Small enterprise/Business users, SME Sector/Non IT industry, NGO's, CSCs, Cyber cafes and general public at large
  • Government Users: Central/State Government employees (non IT professionals), Legal / Police personnel's etc.

Area of Coverage / Target Beneficiaries

  • Academic Activities: 1,14,038 persons to be trained under formal & non formal courses, faculty training etc. Besides this, around 400 paper publications are expected from ISRDCs, RCs, PIs
  • Training of Government Personnel: 13,170 officials in five years
  • Creation of Mass Information Security Awareness towards academic, general and Government users covering approximately 3 crore internet users either through direct or indirect mode

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