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Virendra Singh Rawat

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and the HQ Central Command Lucknow, Indian Army have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhancing cybersecurity for military applications.

The strategic partnership aims to undertaking the ‘cyberproofing’ of indigenously developed and data-sensitive software at HQ Central Command.

The initiative is in line with the Indian Army’s theme for the year ‘Technology Absorption 2024-2025’ set by the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi.

The MoU underscores the commitment of both institutions to integrate cutting-edge technology and enhance the security and resilience of military software.

Prof Manindra Agrawal, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “In this era of an evolving landscape of cyber threats, it is imperative that we work towards fortifying the cyber resilience of crucial military applications and infrastructure.”

He said the MoU represents a significant step in the ongoing efforts to secure defense infrastructure. “We look forward to a successful endeavor, combining our research excellence with the practical expertise to create a robust cybersecurity framework.”

The MoU focuses on building a comprehensive cyber defense strategy that encompasses proactive threat detection, real-time response mechanisms, and the development of secure software architecture.

By combining the practical experience of the Indian Army with the academic and research excellence of IIT Kanpur, the collaboration aims to create a resilient cyber ecosystem capable of withstanding sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Prof Sandeep Shukla, Project Director of C3iHub, IIT Kanpur, said the pact not only addresses current cybersecurity challenges but also opens the door for future innovations in various high-tech domains.

“The dynamic nature of cyber threats requires constant vigilance and innovation. This partnership is a significant starting point for developing a robust cybersecurity posture that can adapt to new challenges,” he added.

The partnership sets the stage for future collaborations in other advanced technology domains, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing, Encryption, and Drone Technology. This partnership is expected to foster a deep association between academia and the Indian Army, driving innovation and strengthening national security.

Both IIT Kanpur and HQ Central Command are committed to the shared goal of national security and set a benchmark for future collaborations between academia and the military, ultimately contributing to the nation’s defense preparedness.

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