Telangana's Jayesh Ranjan on Safeguarding Government DataDescribes a Game Plan to Counter Threats and Vulnerabilities in 'Difficult Times'
"We are living in difficult times ... when the government data is the most vulnerable," says Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary-IT, electronics and communications & industries and commerce, government of Telangana. "The government maintains some very valuable databases. Government websites on many occasions are very easy, soft targets for vandalism, defacement, etc."
The most important step to take to improve security, he says "is to acknowledge this problem ... and then create a strong institutional mechanism" to tackle threats, he notes in an interview with Information Security Media Group.
An effective collaborative approach calls for working with cybersecurity companies to identify key technologies and build niche solutions that can be onboarded as a proof of concept in addressing threat challenges, Ranjan maintains.
In this interview (see audio link below photo) at ISMG's recent Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Bengaluru, Ranjan discusses:
- New technologies that are given impetus;
- Building an effective collaborative framework to engage private sector;
- Steps to fight threats through security clusters and effective incident response.
Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service of the 1992 batch who works in the state of Telangana. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Delhi University, a degree in business management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; and a master's degree in public management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, Sedatu project of Mexico, and others.