He is responsible for coordinating activities across multiple sectors in order to ensure the functioning of a secure and resilient cyber space in the country. He is leading cyber security strategy for India and is a well-known authority on the subject. Lt General (Dr) Rajesh Pant is a globally acclaimed infosec expert, who is currently holding the prestigious post of the National Cyber Security Coordinator at the National Security Council Secretariat of India.
The National Cyber Coordination Centre is a classified project of the Government of India, which functions as a cyber security as well as e-surveillance agency in India. The centre coordinates various sources and strands of cyber security intelligence and is instrumental in mitigating online threats. It is therefore an integral part of national security.
Academically also, Pant is an accomplished expert. He holds a doctoral (PhD) degree for his research in the domain of information security metrics. He also possesses an MPhil from Madras University, a Master of Management Studies degree from Osmania University, and an MTech from IIT Kharagpur.
Prior to his being appointed to the post of National Cyber Security Coordinator, Pant was the head of the Army’s cyber training for about three years. He has served in the Army Signals Corps for 41 years where he was thrice awarded by the President of India for distinguished service of the highest order. After his retirement, he was the chairman of a listed electronics company, a peer review member of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC, established in 1994 as an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission), and a Governing Council member of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE, India).
Pant brings to the table an exciting mix of academic excellence, armed forces operations, corporate governance as well as cyber security knowledge. He is a much sought-after speaker at infosec and cybersecurity forums and loves to share his knowledge and insights.