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Tryst with Cyber Security

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Ravi-GuptaPrime Minister Narendra Modi recently called upon the IT sector to innovate solutions to counter the global menace of cyber intrusions and work on pathbreaking ideas like ‘cloud godowns’ and ‘cloud lockers’ to help keep data secure. Amid rising volumes of digital data attracting increased cyber attacks, the call couldn’t have had appeal greater than now.

Increasing use of technology has made the life of common man easier, the state of affairs in the government smooth and addressing ticklish issues by the corporate world hassle-free to a great extent. But with IT becoming an integral part of our lives, threat of cyber crimes like breach of privacy, unauthorised access, theft and misuse of sensitive information by criminal elements have also increased manifold.

In such a scenario, adopting proper security measures is the only way left to shield the businesses, governments, organisations, institutions and individuals against cyber aggressions. What starting off as a fun activity is an organised global crime today, with the potential to create holes in the socio-economic fabric and security cover of a nation.

Reported attacks on Indian websites have increased nearly five times in the past four years and by mid-2014, more than 60,000 incidents were recorded that year, according to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team. With the government kicking off the Digital India mission, which will increase the use of internet and related applications, one can look forward to enhanced cyber attacks in the coming days.

Although the Government of India came up with a National Cyber Security Policy in 2013, with an aim to protect the public and private digital infrastructure from cyber attacks, technolegal experts are skeptical about its efficacy to take on the contemporary cyber challenges.

With a view to highlighting the importance and ways of keeping data secure, Elets Technomedia is going to organise SecureIT 2015, 6th edition of the national conference on information safety and citizen security, in New Delhi on 13th March 2015. The event will provide a platform to policymakers, IT experts and other stakeholders to highlight the importance of keeping digital infrastructure immune from cyber threats and put forth ideas best suited for the purpose in the Indian conditions.

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