DR. GULSHAN RAI

Former National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India

Dr. Gulshan Rai holds an M.Tech and Doctoral degree and has over 35 years of experience in different areas of Information Technology which include different aspects of e-Governance, cyber security, cyber laws and several related fields covering policies and operations. He was the first National Cyber Security Coordinator for the Office of the Prime Minister of India.

Previously, Dr. Rai served in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), holding the prestigious post of Director General, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) and heading the E-Security & Cyber Law Division, STQC and other divisions. As Executive Director of ERNET, he led work to connect more than 500 universities in the country and prepared the first blueprint of setting National Knowledge Network. He was involved in developing major policy documents in the area of IT, including software policy, establishment of hardware parks and related schemes.

Dr. Rai authored India’s first cyber security policy and served on the Expert Committee on Data Protection chaired by Justice BN Krishna. He also led work to establish India’s National Watch and Alert System as part of the country’s cyber security initiative and played a lead role in designing India’s Income Tax PAN Number and the architecture of the computing system and environment at the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).  Dr. Rai played a key role in planning and implementing the first phase of computerisation of the Bombay Stock Exchange and has been involved all major large projects related to India’s computerisation.

Dr. Rai has led delegations to the United Nations, WTO and ICANN, as well as heading negotiations for bilateral and multilateral agreements with more than 10 G20 countries. He was Executive Director, ERNET India for over 7 years and was instrumental in setting up of the first large scale education and research network in close collaboration with the leading educational and research institutions in the country. The National Knowledge Network project evolved and designed during his tenure.