Promoting New Age Technology

Cyber Security & Data Science

The West Bengal Cyber Security- Center of Excellence (WB CS-CoE) will be one stop shop for creating and sustaining a mature cyber security ecosystem in the state. Being under the auspices of the department of IT and Electronics, it will have direct Government patronage.

Built with the motto of creating a cyber safe West Bengal, the WB CS-CoE will:

  • build knowledge and skill in the state citizens and government officials to create a more aware and industry read workforce
  • maintain compliance of all Government departments towards laid down security best practices
  • create a best in class cyber security incident emergency response mechanism
  • build capabilities for fighting cybercrimes; and last but not the least foster research in the subject to stay relevant, competitive and ahead in the race

Drone Initiatives

Demand for drones are constantly increasing in the commercial market to deliver quicker services or goods and to reach out to areas that are humanly not possible or threatening. The scope of manufacturer companies of drone parts (like sensors, monitoring devices that comprise of the Ground Exploitation System) have increased manifold in comparison to previous years. State government is also taking initiatives to perform an initial market survey and to identify the drone demand areas. This will ensure that the drone companies start-off in a targeted manufacturing style.

At a recently held meeting in Department of IT&E, Govt. of West Bengal took the first step towards promoting Drone manufacturing in West Bengal. Drone manufacturers from different parts of the country had attended that meeting. In that meeting it was discussed on possibilities on how to address the increasing demand of Drone with manufacturing set up at West Bengal along with ancillary support system for supply of raw materials.

Blockchain Initiatives

About Blockchain

Blockchain is a technology ensuring transparent & immutable transactions in a network. Each block of a Blockchain represents a transaction with a hash of the prior block of the Blockchain, thus establishing the immutable linkage of the chain. New blocks get added to the chain as and when transactions occur and get validated by consensus. The record of all such transactions are stored in a distributed and decentralized digital ledger.

Decentralized does not imply splitting a centralized database into smaller units with each unit stored at separate locations, rather it means that multiple copies of the same database exist at multiple locations and when certain actors (nodes) in the network (called miners), through open or controlled access, approve a transaction, does the transaction get recorded in the distributed ledgers, thereby ensuring consistency of the database across the platform. Updates in the Blockchain happen through consensus between nodes, and when new block is created, it becomes tamperproof. The Blockchain contains a true and verifiable record of each and every transaction made in the Blockchain.

Blockchain can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as supply chain management, tracking ownership or the provenance of documents, digital assets, physical assets or voting rights.

Initiatives taken by the Department

Recently a meeting was held with the Blockchain Technology enabled organisation in the month of December. Some immediate focus areas has been identified to implement pilot project based on Blockchain technology. Areas identified are –