Governance & Risk Management

Critical Infrastructure: The 2017 Agenda

DSCI's Godse on What It Takes to Protect India's Top Digital Assets

From financial services to the power grid, India is increasingly sensitive to protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattack. What are the top threats, and how are security leaders responding to them? Vinayak Godse of the Data Security Council of India shares insights.

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Godse, senior director at DSCI, says he sees momentum at a national level to focus on improving critical infrastructure defense. Prime example: The establishment of a National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre - the NCIIPC.

But the discussion has not necessarily trickled down into action at some of the organizations that form the critical infrastructure, he says.

"While these initiatives seem to be gaining momentum from a structural perspective, on the delivery side of this equation, we believe that there are some sectors that are just awakening to these threats," he says. "Some of these organizations are in the public sector as well and are in the nascent stage of implementing security. However, in the key critical sector organizations we have definitely seen some progress in the last two years."

In a video interview at the recent ISMG GovInfoSec Summit in Delhi, Godse discusses:

  • The state of critical infrastructure protection;
  • Where India is most vulnerable to cyberattack;
  • How DSCI is helping to improve critical infrastructure protection.

Godse has 18 years of experience in information security and IT and is a senior director with Data Security Council of India. He is managing a program for defining data security and privacy practices, based on which a self-regulation mechanism will be established. Along with this program, he is also engaged in a DSCI outreach program for establishing collaboration with legal and regulatory bodies, data protection authorities, global clients and outsource service providers.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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