The number of Internet users in India has more than doubled in the last five years and is expected to reach nearly one billion by 2025. Cyber Attacks and Cyber Crime are on the rise, as the country integrates its digital life into every facet of life. According to the World Economic Forum, cyber attacks are the number one human risk in the world. Cybercrime is expected to cost more than $10 trillion worldwide by 2025. More than 11.5 lakh incidents of cyberattacks were tracked and reported to India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in 2021. According to official estimates, ransomware attacks have increased by 120 per cent in India.
Dr. Gulshan Rai, Former National Cyber Security Coordinator, Govt. of India spoke to Rahul Neel Mani, Co–founder & Editor, dynamicCISO.com on Securing Digital India: Challenges in Creating a Robust Cybersecurity Infrastructure at the CISO Summit 2022.. They discussed the following:
•The key challenges that India faces from adversaries, what are the gaps and how to bridge them
• Strengthening security of our critical infrastructure (Power, Telecom, Oil & Gas, Health etc.)
• 5G has 200 times more access points for hackers than the existing telecom networks. In fact, some IoT devices (most of which are untrusted) can be hacked in just 15 minutes
• Are private organisations disclosing the vulnerabilities in their systems?
• The methodology used by organisations to be proactive in safeguarding their assets and the network edge
•The way the regulations and legislations are shaping up to create a cyber safe Digital India
(This article is a synopsis basis the India Keynote session by Dr. Gulshan Rai, Former National Cyber Security Coordinator, Govt. of India at the recently concluded dynamicCISO summit on 10 and 11 March, 2022)