Some security experts say India's government isn't doing enough to ensure the security of the Lok Sabha elections being held through May 23. They express worries that a nation-state, such as China or Pakistan, could attempt to tamper with the results.
The Singapore government has introduced draft legislation that it says would help in combating fake news, especially on social media platforms. While some privacy experts have expressed reservations, government intervention is merited.
Facebook's effort to stem the flow of fake news globally has been ineffective, allege some fact checkers who have collaborated with the social media giant to identify and debunk false stories. Is the social media giant merely conducting a public relations exercise?
Indian hackers recently defaced more than 200 Pakistani websites, apparently in retaliation for a suicide bomber, allegedly from Pakistan, killing 40 Indian soldiers on Feb. 14. Now the Indian hacking community must work with the government to prepare for a possible retaliatory cyberattack from Pakistan.
The aerospace exhibition Aero India 2019, which is being hosted by the Ministry of Defense Feb. 20-24, for the first time is focusing on showcasing cybersecurity capabilities and associated technologies. Meanwhile, there are other encouraging signs regarding India's efforts to defend against cyberattacks.
Recent data leaks, including the SBI incident that affected millions of customers, have once again stirred up a debate on the role of auditors in cybersecurity. But a bigger issue is the need to invest in appropriate security technologies and implement stronger policies and awareness programs.
The Unique Identity Authority of India, which administers the Aadhaar program, is again facing harsh criticism about its security measures, this time from State Bank of India. But rather than pointing fingers, all government organizations need to collaborate to enhance security.
The recent exposure of customer data on the website of Singapore Airlines as a result of a software bug is further evidence of the persistent challenge of adequately addressing security during the development stage.
On Wednesday, just days after a new "cybersecurity" law took effect, Vietnam alleged that Facebook has violated the law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform. The so-called cybersecurity law actually speaks little about IT security measures.
As India's Parliament prepares to finalize a privacy and data protection law in the weeks ahead, there's still no consensus among security practitioners about what approach the legislation should take. But the government should ensure all companies comply with clearly defined standards - or face punishment.
Blockchain, ID and access management, OT security and boards' roles in cybersecurity were among the hottest topics topics discussed at Information Security Media Group's Security Summit in Mumbai on Nov. 29.
ISMG's Security Summit in Mumbai on Nov. 29 will offer insights from CISOs and other experts on hot topics, including setting the boardroom security agenda, using cyber threat intelligence, preventing fraud through the use of blockchain, securing digital payments and preparing for a breach notification law.