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Cyber security cos. must work more closely with CERT-In and NCIIPC to secure entire digital ecosystem: Dr Gulshan Rai


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 Need for a consolidated national transparency center
New Delhi, November 29, 2017: Companies operating in cyber security solutions and services domain must work more closely with central organisations like Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) to secure the entire digital ecosystem across India, National Cyber Security Coordinator under the Prime Minister's Office, Dr Gulshan Rai said at an event co-hosted by ASSOCHAM and Kaspersky in New Delhi today.
Inaugurating an ASSOCHAM-Kaspersky Cyber Resilience Summit, Dr Rai stated that cyber security companies need to shun their usual practice of being hesitant in sharing sensitive data with government organisations through enhanced mutual co-operation and trust.
“They may not share it publicly but certain data highlighting the offending or malicious IPs (internet protocol address) they must share it with central organisations so that country at large can benefit and the entire digital ecosystem can be prevented,” he said.
He also pointed out that while all domestic and multinational companies operating in the cyber security domain have set up transparency centers which might help them and their client but not for the society or the nation at large.
“We need a consolidated and an ace transparency center at the national level where all things can be monitored simultaneously data locked-in and there is a responsibility of all stakeholders in this regard who must play their respective roles,” added Dr Rai.
“We need to have a shared responsibility among all stakeholders be it industry, academia, civil society, government and the system should be strictly followed if we have to enhance and sustain the resilience of our digital systems,” he said further.
The National Cyber Security Coordinator termed machine learning and artificial intelligence as a double-edged technology which while helps in identifying the background processes but also provides hackers with information to breach the systems.
Highlighting the need to follow processes and skill to achieve high resilience in the cyber world, Dr Rai said, “If we follow the processes and properly interpret the results of artificial intelligence or machine learning we would be able to enhance the resilience of our digital systems and minimise the impact of many cyber attacks.”
He also impressed upon the need to create an ecosystem so that country's entire digital infrastructure becomes resilient, sustainable, safe, productive and efficient to thwart cyber security related threats.

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