A multi-stakeholder approach to security needs to evolve for India to have cyber resilience: Dr. Ajeet Bajpai, Director General, NCIIPC

1 December, 2017

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Director General, NCIIPC, Dr. Ajeet Bajpai, asserted that a multi stakeholder approach to security is required for India to have cyber resilience. He was speaking at the Cyber Resilience Summit jointly organised by ASSOCHAM and Kaspersky Lab at New Delhi. With initiatives like Digital India, Smart Cities the attack surface for cyber warfare has increased, he said. While the length of malicious codes remains the same, the potency and damage done has increased. He also warned against readily available malware on the dark web.

Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab, Stephan Neumeier, stressed the importance of protecting critical infrastructure in the current threat landscape. He said that malicious codes collected between 1986- 2006 was 1 million. This figure has gone up to 2. 2 million per week, he said. He did add however, that irrespective of how critical a device is, everything is connected and therefore must be protected. He then cited specific examples of how cyberware is being used for terrorism. 

National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India, Dr. Gulshan Rai said that India has 200 million IOT devices and will cross a billion devices in one year. This projection raises concerns about what India should do to sustain this developing ecosystem. India will need to focus on developing processes and skills. In this regard, he said artificial intelligence is a double-edged sword, which can help minimise cyber-attacks.
Partner, Ernst and Young, Vidur Gupta highlighted the need for Computer Security Incident Response Teams as well as preventive measures. He opined that collaboration and sharing of threat intelligence will be essential to build resilience. He acknowledged that setting up of the NCIIPC and Sector Computer Emergency Response Teams were an important step in this direction but more needs to be seen on the ground.

Technical sessions on Attack Landscape against high profile targets in India, New Threats, new mindset: Being Risk Ready in a world of Complex Attacks were followed by a Cyber Drill with Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation.

The event also saw the release of a knowledge paper on Building Effective Cyber Resilience: By Adding Robust Cyber Incident Response, jointly prepared by ASSOCHAM and Ernst and Young.

Technical experts who addressed the gathering included head of Research Centre, APAC, Kaspersky Lab, Vitaly Kamluk, Security Researcher, Kaspersky Lab, Deniz Legezo, Head of Critical Infrastructure Defence, Kaspersky Lab, Evgeny Goncharov, Co- Chairman ASSOCHAM National Council on Cyber Security, Dr. Debu Nayak and Secretary General ASSOCHAM, D.S Rawat