About Us

The CoE in Cyber Security was formed in 2017 by Govt 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 Cyber Security.

The center of Excellence shall also facilitate standardization and best practices for information security across industry domains, foster innovation, research & development and conduct some of the high-end-in-house-training programs within Cyber Security Technologies.


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.

Operations Manager :  Mr. Mir Zaheer Abbas

Mir Zaheer Abbas has 15+ years of experience in IT industry with 1.5 years at Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity as a Operations Manager.

Mrs Vibha Chakrala : Information Technology Project Manager

Mrs Vibha Chakrala  is the IT Project Manager at the Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity, Karnataka.

She is a CISA certified information security specialist with a background in cybersecurity, project management, vendor risk management , regulatory compliance, IT audits and cyber awareness.

Ms Shikha Pathak : Manager, Awareness and Skill Building

Shikha Pathak is a Public Interest Technologist with a background in Tech Policy, Research and Public Affairs. She has published research papers on topics including Data Privacy and Cyber Crisis Communication. She has participated actively in many youth forums, and has been a Tedx host.

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