COVID-19 , Governance & Risk Management , IT Risk Management

Telework Leads to Changes in India's 2020 Cybersecurity Policy

Cybersecurity Chief Describes Changes as a Result of COVID-19 Crisis
Telework Leads to Changes in India's 2020 Cybersecurity Policy
Lt. Gen (Retd) Rajesh Pant, national cybersecurity coordinator-PMO, Govt. of India

India is modifying its 2020 National Cybersecurity Policy to take into account the shift to teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Lt. Gen. (Retd) Rajesh Pant, national cybersecurity coordinator.

"The new ingredients of the policy focus on teleworking, with new ways of conducting tele-audits, tele-VAPT, tele-forensics and tele-evidence gathering for fraud," Pant says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

India's proposed 2020 National Cybersecurity Policy, which will replace a version adopted in 2013, is scheduled to be released soon. It's designed to help build a cyber-resilient nation that can deal with contemporary technological challenges.

According to Pant, who has been instrumental in drafting the new policy, the policy will address emerging technology challenges for 2020 through 2025, such as those stemming from the internet of things, cryptocurrencies, ransomware as well as teleworking.

The cybersecurity policy calls for the development of an architecture for creating a threat intelligence platform at the national level to provide feeds to all enterprises through the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center.

In this interview (see audio link below photo), Pant discusses concerns about increasing cybercrime and fraud as a result of the shift to a remote workforce and offers insights on:

  • The importance of reporting fraud and breaches;
  • New ways to administer forensics and digital evidence;
  • Effective information sharing strategies to help protect teleworkers from cyberthreats.

Pant is national cybersecurity coordinator in the national security council of India at the prime minister's office. He is responsible for coordinating all cybersecurity activities across multiple sectors. He holds a Ph.D. in information security metrics. Previously, he was the head of the Army's cyber training establishment for three years. He served in the Army Signals Corps for 41 years and was honored three times by the president of India for distinguished service of the highest order.

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