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  • With persistently growing incidents of malware, misinformation and systemic cyberattacks, cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue for enterprises.

  • With the advent of IoT, wearables and sensor devices, the scope of cybersecurity has increased and so has the complexities related to it. As it turns out, everything that has an IP address today is vulnerable to a hack or cyberattack.

  • The situation will become more serious as new and emerging technologies such as cloud, internet of things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M) andartificial intelligence (AI) go mainstream. IoT has started transforming the way enterprises operate, with a promise of more revolutionary changes in future. However, the soaring number of connected devices brings with it potential data security risks. In 2017, there have been several global instances of massive DDoS attacks using hundreds of thousands of compromised IoT devices. Industry now predicts that by 2020, over a quarter of identified attacks on enterprises will involve IoT.

  • In this context, India's attempts to transform into a digital economy and its thrust on cashless payments have brought the country's cybersecurity preparedness, or the lack of it, into the limelight. The rate of cybercrime in India increased in 2017, with one case being reported every ten minutes.Moreover, cyberthreats have become more sophisticated, causing significant reputational, financial and competitive damage.

  • The complex cyberthreat landscape is pushing enterprises to alter their security practices significantly. They are moving away from a prevention-only approach towards one which is more predictive in nature. Preventive security controls such as firewalls, application security and intrusion prevention systems are now being tweaked to add more intelligence to them. Further, enterprises are increasingly investing in the strengthening of detection and response mechanisms.

  • Cloud-based models have emerged as an effective way for organisations to manage cyberthreats. The adoption of such solutions ensures scalability, while controlling costs. Moreover, cloud-based security environment is often managed by a specialist a service provider.

  • At the policy and regulatory level, India is taking a fairly progressive view as far as cybersecurity is concerned. The government and associated regulatory bodies such as RBI, SEBI, IRDA have taken steps to improve cyber resilience in the country. However, a lot more needs to be done. There is an urgent need for a well-crafted, national-level cybersecurity framework, with focus on critical infrastructure like energy, defence, telecom and space.

The mission of this conference is to:

  • Highlight the trends in the Indian cybersecurity space.
  • Examine the existing and potential issues and risks for enterprises.
  • Discuss the policy needs and requirements, and the way forward.
  • Explore technology advancements
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