New Delhi (Moscow) — India's Telecom Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan has acknowledged that cybersecurity threats have indeed risen exponentially in the recent past, especially for countries like India where digitization is fast becoming a way of life. Sundararajan, who recently outlined India's cybersecurity plans at the World Summit on Information Society in Geneva, expressed her concerns in a series of tweets.
"Every nation faces cybersecurity challenges. Countries like India, where digitization growth has been exponential, the magnitude and complexity of these challenges become multi-fold. For example, 300 million Indians adopted digital payments in just 6 months," Sundararajan tweeted.
Every nation faces cyber security challenges. Countries like India, where digitization growth has been exponential, the magnitude and complexity of these challenges become multi-fold. For example 300 million Indians adopted digital payments in just 6 months.— Aruna Sundararajan (@Secretary_DoT) March 21, 2018
In her speech in Geneva, Sundararajan said the country was working on installing sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to ensure that all layers of digital access are appropriately secured.
In the digital world technology is moving so fast that one always feels like Alice in Wonderland, we need to keep running fast just to stay in the same place. @WSISprocess— Aruna Sundararajan (@Secretary_DoT) March 20, 2018
The government of India has a flagship program called Digital India which has a vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The program got a boost with the mass migration of users from a cash economy to the cashless digital economy when Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the de-monetization of high-value currency notes in November 2016.