Nation-state hackers are using a popular social media platform for phishing attacks, targeted at aerospace and defense companies and government agencies. From critical infrastructure in the US, to state power grids in India, nothing seems safe anymore. No wonder then, that cyber has started to dominate nations’ thinking when it comes to protecting, preserving, and progressing society and economy.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ranked India #10 in the Global Cybersecurity Index 2020 - and this for sure reflects India’s commitment to cybersecurity. In fact, India was one of the first countries to issue a forward-thinking National Cyber Security Policy in 2013. However, from 2013 to 2021, the threat surface has changed because of the pandemic, work-from-home and breakthroughs in Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and 5G. Hence, changes are in order. Which is why last year, on Independence Day, the PM spoke about the need for a new cybersecurity vision for India.
As a consequence, a National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 is been developed, as an enhanced version of the Cybersecurity Policy 2013, focused on the following facets of cyber security under three pillars:
1. Secure (The National Cyberspace)
2. Strengthen (Structures, People, Processes, Capabilities)
3. Synergize (Resources including Cooperation and Collaboration)
This is expected to bring guidelines on cyber audits using empaneled cyber auditors, building new indigenous capabilities, treating data as a national resource, data governance, cyber warfare offensives to protect critical sectors, etc. The end game is no doubt a safe, secure, resilient, vibrant, and trusted cyberspace in India.
Stay tuned for more on this, as things unfold!