The digital world's safety demands our multipronged and interdisciplinary approach. It's made possible by our slew of innovative initiatives.
An exciting national competition for the digital generation
The CyberPeace Foundation and NCERT proudly present the latest edition of the eRaksha Competition! This year's eRaksha competition is being organised in collaboration with the G20 Summit. Inspired by the principles of Vasudev Kutumbakam, the competition’s theme for this year is “Fostering a Safe and Responsible Cyber Culture”.
The eRaksha competition endeavours to cultivate a deeper understanding of responsible digital citizenship among the nation’s youth. Since its launch in 2019, eRaksha has witnessed overwhelming participation from more than one lakh participants all over India. Students, teachers, parents, and other educators from various schools and colleges are encouraged to participate in this competition. eRaksha serves as a valuable platform for its participants to shape and share their ideas, visions, and experiences regarding digital safety.
Each year, the competition is driven by a theme relevant to cybersecurity. Participants are invited to send their original entries such as posters, banners, videos, reels, shorts, essays, blogs, memes or software applications related to the theme. Over the past 4 editions of eRaksha, we have received some of the most creative, thought-provoking and valuable entries that have shone a light on some of the most important contemporary cyberspace issues. eRaksha is a valuable chance for anyone who wishes to enhance their knowledge and skills, collaborate with domain experts, and engage with exciting, complex challenges during the Cyber Camps organised by CyberPeace and NCERT.
By inviting the youth to interact, engage and discuss their experiences on a national level thus, eRaksha creates a vast treasure trove of fresh, youthful insights regarding the digital world and all its opportunities, threats and concerns.
Cultivating collaborative pathways across institutions
The CyberPeace Center of Excellence (CCoE) functions as a platform to foster and harness the potential of the youth through collaborations with academic institutions and innovation-focussed-programs. This initiative presents opportunities to universities, their students, and faculty to collaborate with industries, government agencies, law enforcement, and the armed forces for research and development projects that address real-world challenges.
It is a community driven collaborative framework for research & development in academia and allied institutions. The goal is to create a cluster of research in academic and allied institutions to tackle challenges in the realm of cybersecurity. The objective is to establish a network of experts who can share their knowledge, skills, and resources to develop inventive solutions and technologies that enhance cybersecurity. This network of experts will collaborate to generate new ideas, conduct research, and promote the exchange of information and best practices to address the ever-changing challenges and threats in cyberspace.
Government entities collaborate with one or more academic institutions under the CyberPeace Center of Excellence (CCoE) and share details about their operational challenges, issues, threats, risks, and concerns. Depending on the project, the intellectual property for the solution can be licensed and handed over in the interest of national security.
The World’s Biggest Cybersecurity Challenge
The Global CyberPeace Challenge is an exceptional global hackathon that brings together the most talented and brilliant minds in the field of cybersecurity. Organised by the CyberPeace Foundation, and powered by Autobot Infosec, the Global CyberPeace Challenge is a one-of-a-kind event for talented hackers, programmers and cybersecurity enthusiasts. This platform offers three exciting and innovative challenges for participants to demonstrate and hone their cyberspace skills:
- Cyber Policy & Strategy Challenge focuses on the development of effective & sustainable strategies and policies for enhancing cybersecurity and promoting peace in the digital realm.
- Capture The Flag (IT & OT) challenge evaluates participants' technical expertise in the areas of Information Technology and Operational Technology.
- The Peace-a-Thon: The Innovation Challenge encourages participants to devise creative and groundbreaking solutions to the most critical techno-social issues and obstacles faced by the society.
The Global CyberPeace Challenge proudly invites participants from all corners of the globe and presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best, connect with like-minded individuals & experts, and showcase one’s skills and talents on a global stage. Winners of the challenge stand a chance to win not only exciting prizes and recognition but also get the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders and esteemed organisations in the cybersecurity space.
The previous three editions of the Global CyberPeace Challenge have been immensely successful, drawing over 7,500 participants from over 120 countries. Global CyberPeace Challenge 4.0 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, featuring three challenges: Cyber Policy & Strategy Challenge, Capture the Flag (CTF), and Peace-a-Thon: The Innovation Challenge.
A cybersecurity revolution to empower women across India
Digital Shakti is a national Cyber Peace initiative that aims to empower and upskill women as proud, resilient and thriving netizens of the cyber-space. Since its inception in 2018, this initiative has helped over 4.5 lakh girls, women and netizens, through awareness-building programs on key issues like social media safety, online harassment, data privacy, security tips & tricks, scam detection, cyberlaw, digital crime, threat prevention, grievance redressal and more.
Marching on with its commitment to the creation of a gender-just internet for girls and women, CyberPeace Foundation, along with National Commission for Women, Meta & Autobot Infosec, has launched the Fourth Phase of Digital Shakti. Building upon the project’s previous 3 phases, the campaign continues its work to empower women by equipping them with digital skills and knowledge, enabling them to effectively combat cyber threats and respond to any illegal or inappropriate online activities. The Fourth Phase aims to upskill 10,00,000 girls, women and netizens across India via hybrid workshops.
The fourth phase of the campaign was launched in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the 15th of November 2022 by the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), Lt Gen BS Raju UYSM, AVSM, YSM. The launch was graced by Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, NCW; Major Vineet Kumar, Founder and Global President, CyberPeace Foundation; & Rajiv Aggarwal, Director and Head of Public Policy, Meta India (previously Facebook).
Empowering law enforcers across India
The CCTNS Hackathon & Cyber Challenge is organised with the aim of identifying, understanding and solving daily, ground-level issues faced by police personnel. This challenge is open to a wide variety of participants such as law enforcement officers, students, educators, tech professionals, cybersecurity enthusiasts etc.
This platform serves as a valuable opportunity for skill advancement, knowledge building and networking for its participants.
There are 9 awards in total, which are given across 3 tracks (3 awards in each track). The winners receive trophies, certificates, industry sponsored kits, and a valuable opportunity to network with senior police officers, administrators, industry experts and policy makers in the field.
Nurturing a safer cyber-future for children & teens worldwide
The iSafe project, launched by the CyberPeace Foundation and UNICEF, aims to address child protection issues in the online world. Children and young people are particularly vulnerable in the cyberspace, facing challenges such as the production and distribution of inappropriate explicit material (CSAM), bullying, online sexual harassment, and radicalization
It is crucial to educate and raise awareness among various professionals who are often indirectly involved in the well-being of children and youth, such as police officers responsible for investigations pertaining to children-and-youths’ safety. The project focuses on training personnel from frontline workers, law enforcement agencies, social welfare organisations, health departments, education departments, and the Department of Women and Child Line, who directly interact with vulnerable adolescents. The project aims to have a wide-scale impact and consistent implementation.
Drawing on the CyberPeace Foundation's expertise in collaboration, the project covers various topics such as: the roles and responsibilities of police personnel in responding to child victims, establishing a first response mechanism, accessing relevant resources and information for further sessions, sensitising children, and raising awareness of legal remedies. The initiative also consists of multiple online training workshops to discuss best practices for dealing with adolescent victims of cybercrimes. Training materials and audio-visual aids are also provided to enhance participants' understanding of the subject matter. The participants are provided with blockchain enabled e-certificates for completing the online sessions.