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Data privacy assumes significance in the current context, Lt Gen Rajesh Pant, NCCC Chief

ASSOCHAM held an International Cyber Security Virtual Conclave-ASSOCHAM CySecCon 2020 on September 18, 2020. Leading speakers included Lt Gen Rajesh Pant, Chief, National Cyber Coordination Centre, Government of India; Iddo Moed, Cyber Security Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel; Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Government of Australia; Genie Sugene Gan, Head of Public Affairs, Asia-Pacific, Kaspersky; Manish Sinha, Manager Sales Engineering- Security & Enterprise Business, Netscout; Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Estonia; Vineet Agarwal, Sr. Vice President, ASSOCHAM and Managing Director, Transport Corporation of India Limited and Deepak Talwar, National Security Officer, Microsoft & Co-Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Cyber Security.

Communications Today was the exclusive media partner.

Lt. Gen. Chief, NCCC, Government of India
“I am hoping that, in the month of October, which is regarded globally as the ‘National Cybersecurity Awareness Month’, we have a lot of awareness programs and also that one of the programs would be released on national strategy.

Going ahead, data will assume great importance in the country.

The Personal Data Protection Bill is still being debated by a Joint Parliamentary Committee and there are lot of issues being discussed. I am very hopeful that it will be introduced in the Monsoon Session, failing which definitely in the Winter Session of the Parliament.

Non-personal data related aspects are also being discussed. The papers have been released and comments have started pouring in.

Data privacy assumes significance in the current context, whereby reports that a China-based company has allegedly been carrying out harvesting of personal data of 2.4 million people which includes Australians, Americans and Indians and that there are allegations of it all being used to influence operations. This is a very dangerous trend that has to be curtailed, and that is why 2020 will be the decade of digital trust.

There is now a greater need for indigenous solutions in the cyber security sector. For all my Indian friends, the entire market of cyber security is absolutely open, be it the firewall, IDS, IPS, or APT. Go for it, we are here to promote you, and this is where digital trust will come in. No doubt, international collaboration is very important in terms of cyber security, and big players will need to come in.

There is a very delicate balance, which needs to be undertaken while dealing with cyber security. On one side, there are no borders in the cyber world, and on the other, national interest of the country has to be maintained. It is a difficult job that we are placed in, as national interest is supreme and cyber requires international collaboration.

The importance the Government of India attaches with the cyber security, can be gauged from the fact, that it is first time in the history of the country, that Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address to the nation, spoke about cyber security and its impact on society and economics of the nation.

For Covid-19, aspects related to identity and access management will become more and more important, as this is something related with the distributed environment in which everyone will work. This includes factors like, how am I going to approve my identity, how do I ensure that endpoint and the applications I am using are safe, etc.”
CT Bureau

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