About Us

The Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity was formed in 2017 by Government of Karnataka, as part of the Technology Innovation Strategy, to promote the cyber-safe and conducive environment for industry collaboration, address the skill gaps, build awareness and facilitate innovation in this emerging technology field of Cybersecurity.

Now branded as CySecK, the Centre of Excellence shall also facilitate standardization and best practices for information security across industry domains, foster innovation, research & development and conduct high-quality training programmes in Cybersecurity technologies.

CySecK is housed at the Indian Institute of Science, with IISc as the technical anchor and KSCST (Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology) as the implementation agency.


To make Karnataka as a technology hub of cyber security and to enable cyber safety for all.


To realize the vision through

  • Cyber security knowledge and capacity building
  • Cyber security outreach and awareness initiatives
  • Cutting edge R & D
  • Fostering a lively startup ecosystem in cyber security
  • Forging a deep connect with the industry
  • Enabling strong international collaborations

CoE Team

Center Head : Mr. Karthik Bappanad

Karthik likes to work in the intersection of technology, policy and ethics.
He has two decades of Information Technology experience, with the last 6 years in cyber security. He has managed end-to-end cyber security programmes across various domains like cyber monitoring, identity and access management, cyber risk assessments and GRC. He has extensive experience in application delivery and IT service delivery processes including setting up future mode of operations, service transition, incident management, problem management, change management, demand and capacity management, knowledge management and financial management.
He also has a keen interest in public policy and policy analysis, and the academic and practical discipline for effective outcomes from public policies.

Programme Manager – Awareness and Communication : Vanajakshi B H

Senior Communications professional with 8 plus years of experience in functions revolving around managing large-scale development programmes like Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) and Jal Jeevan Mission, involving multi-sectoral partners including the Government and private sector. Strong communicator with proven documentation skills, adept at leading and mentoring teams through strategic results-based framework. Keen into Public Policy, Strategy and bylaws and capacity building activities for stakeholders of any sector. Vanajakshi is also a Gold medallist in Mass Communications and Journalism Masters programme at University of Mysore.

Collaborating Organisations