Increasing use of Information Technology has made common man’s life easier, government operations smoother while turning the world into a big market for businesses to sell products and offer services.
But as the pace of technology accelerates and IT becomes an integral part of people’s activities, business practices and government operations, security threats have also risen in similar proportion – be it threat of breach of privacy, unauthorised access, theft or misuse of sensitive information by criminal elements and so on.
However, as high-tech criminals misuse the tech usage and innovations, it is IT again that empowers the technology users to checkmate the hackers and attackers. Nowadays, no IT innovation is complete unless it provides for measures to safeguard its usage against possible security threats.
So, while IT products and services have turned into a huge market its expansion is also pushing the prospects of IT security market. It came as no surprise when a Gartner report recently revealed that the Enterprise security spending (hardware, software and services) in India is on pace to reach $1.12 billion mark in 2016, up 10.6 per cent from $1.01 billion in 2015. And, the trend is set to continue in 2017 when the revenue is projected to hit $1.24 billion mark, especially in view of the government’s ambitious high-tech Smart Cities programme reaching the fruition stage.
Given the rising importance of IT in security, we decided to come up with this special issue, which does not just deal with one of the most discussed issues of the day but also incorporates views of the IT players, security market stakeholders and experts at large. One-on-one interactions with them threw up some startling facts that not many of us may claim being so acquainted with.
Starting this issue of the magazine, we will have a dedicated section on Smart Cities, which will discuss and invite Industry view on one component of the high-tech cities. Waste Management is the focus area for this magazine, wherein we have tried to analyse what sets Chandigarh apart from most other cities vis-a-vis effective solid waste management. The waste disposal model that the ‘City Beautiful’ has been pursuing, if emulated by others, can get more cities a place in the clean cities map of India.
We hope the overall packaging of this issue will appeal our highly esteemed readers. We look forward to your invaluable feedback.