Cybersecurity is a priority for the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As he completed his cabinet ministry appointments, he instructed the ministers to take up initiatives that can help build a cyber-resilient nation.
Many corporate boards of directors in India have made progress in recognizing cybersecurity as a priority. But clearly, they still have a lot of work to do. Panelists at a recent ISMG summit in Bengaluru offer insights.
Despite multiple government agencies being formed to fight cybercrime, efforts need to be made for better coordination between them, said Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant, the newly appointed national cybersecurity coordinator, PM Office, Government of India.
To help security practitioners address their challenges, ISMG is hosting its Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit on May 21 at the Conrad Hotel in Bengaluru, which will offer expert insights on best practices. Among the speakers: Lt. Gen. (retired) Rajesh Pant, the national cybersecurity coordinator of India.
The government of India has created a Defense Cyber Agency that's designed to help in the battle against hackers and has appointed a chief. But does the creation of this agency represent a meaningful strategic initiative or a narrower tactical effort?
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.