Rajesh Pant on Why Breaches Must Be Reported Within 6 Hours

India's Cyber Coordinator Discusses the Country' Cybersecurity Strategy
Lt. Gen. Rajesh Pant, national cybersecurity coordinator, Prime Minister's Office, Government of India

Indian National Cybersecurity Coordinator and retired Lt. Gen. Rajesh Pant says of the country's process for reporting a cyber incident to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT-In: "The process is in place."

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It includes a six-hour reporting requirement, which Pant says is necessary because cyberattackers use the same malware. Therefore, to protect all other enterprises, he says, an enterprise that falls victim to an attack has to "pass this information along."

Pant says the government has published FAQs about the Cyber Security Directions under Section 70B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 that clarify any former ambiguities in the process.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at ISMG's Cybersecurity Summit in Bengaluru, where he was a keynote speaker, Pant also discusses:

  • The debate about privacy versus security;
  • The need to create an accountable body to coordinate cybersecurity at a national level;
  • Why public-private partnerships are key to cybersecurity.

As the national cybersecurity coordinator in the National Security Council of India at the Prime Minister's Office, Pant coordinates all cybersecurity activities across multiple sectors. He holds a doctorate in information security metrics and headed the Army's cyber training establishment for three years. Pant served in the Army Signals Corps for 41 years and was honored three times by the president of India for distinguished service.

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Geetha Nandikotkur

Geetha Nandikotkur

Managing Editor & Conference Chair, Asia and Middle East, ISMG

Nandikotkur is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in newspapers, audiovisual media, magazines and research. She has an understanding of technology and business journalism and has moderated several roundtables and conferences, in addition to leading mentoring programs for the IT community. Prior to joining ISMG, Nandikotkur worked for 9.9 Media as a group editor for CIO & Leader, IT Next and CSO Forum.

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