An unbanked population of an estimated 140 million, rising cyber security threats, and a cash-dependent informal economy pose challenges to Narendra Modi’s Cashless India.
The sad fact is that there are severe institutional capacity challenges within government departments that handle systems with sensitive data.
The attempt started after a bank employee opened up an email attachment that appeared to come from the RBI but actually contained malware.
A British police intelligence unit allegedly relied on an Indian counterpart, who in turn used hackers to obtain the email ID passwords of environmental campaigners and journalists.
An unprotected, publicly accessible API endpoint leaks everything from phone numbers to home addresses.
Why was the Delhi police and not a national investigation agency roped in to probe what may be the first publicly-known misuse of biometrics by an authorised agency?
The Modi government seems rightly intent on building foundational digital infrastructure. This push must be backed by a solid cyber-defence strategy.
2017 will need to see less of the carrot and more of the stick in order to persuade India’s institutions to prepare against an ever-increasing number of cyber security threats.
Most applications in the name of ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Digital India’ are being made by students with no background in security.
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The department had been engaged in a months-long standoff with the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security over how complaints from cybersecurity researchers should be resolved.
New Delhi is currently considering a bilateral cyber deal with Russia, which would be a game-changer not just in this space, but also for India’s foreign policy
India needs to steer international policy discussions at the World Summit on Information Society review to align with its domestic policy priorities.
At the heart of the new cyber-weapons problem is the forced confrontation of our historically most effective forms of defence with their own limitations.