Contributed Articles

    • Data protection and privacy: choices before India

      Aug 28, 2017

      Cross-border data flows are increasingly becoming a key determinant for claiming a country’s share in the global digital trade. Countries are enacting new data protection regulations or amending existing laws, developing multilateral trade agreements concerning data flows (Trans Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Or they are trying to create regional harmonies—such as through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—to emerge as lucrative destinations for digital investments. Nasscom-DSCI’s vision to establish India as a cybersecurity hub or as a cloud hub could be constrained because of an inadequate data protection regime.

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      Link: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/9NpEeZuMtxvMKZpfbD1LRN/Data-protection-and-pr...

    • IoT Cybersecurity…the world of Unknown for Organisations and Nations

      Aug 28, 2017

      IoT globally might reach $6.2 trillion by 2025 and $15 billion by 2020 in India being assumed as the Next Big Wave. It’s time to rise before it’s too late for the organisations and nations to prepare for the omnipresent cyber threats…!

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    • DSCI Updates on Petya Ransomware

      Jul 05, 2017

      What is Petya Ransomware?

      Petya / Petrwrap / NotPetya / GoldenEye / ExPetr (assigned by Kaspersky labs) is a ransomware virus that affects Microsoft Windows based systems. This ransomware outbreak, though smaller than the previous WannaCry attack, has had a considerable impact. This is a new version of the previously known Petya ransomware virus. It demands payment in bitcoin wallet and contains a personal Posteo email ID, wowsmith123456@posteo.net. It demands a ransom of $300 worth of Bitcoins.

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      Link: http://www.cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in/alerts/petya_ransomware.html

    • DSCI Updates on WannaCry Ransomware

      May 15, 2017

      A new ransomware named as “Wannacry” is spreading widely and globally.

      WannaCry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by using a vulnerability in implementations of Server Message Block (SMB) in Windows systems. This exploit is named as ETERNALBLUE. The ransomware called WannaCrypt or WannaCry encrypts the computer’s hard disk drive and then spreads laterally between computers on the same LAN. The ransomware also spreads through malicious attachments to emails.

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      Link: http://www.cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in/alerts/wannacry_ransomware.html

    • The revival of the India-US ICT working group

      Oct 14, 2015

      Authored by Rahul Jain, Former Principal Consultant, DSCI, the article in ORF’s Cyber Monitor provides commentary on the India-U.S. ICT Working Group (WG), that was revived after a prolonged gap in Washington D.C. on January 14-15, 2015. It provides an insight on how the platform can be leveraged to strengthen business ties as well as establish common understanding on various global issues including those related to cyber security, privacy, cross-border data flows and internet governance.

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      Link: http://www.orfonline.org/cms/export/orfonline/html/cyber/C

    • Is Facebook's Encryption Key a Threat to India's National Security

      Jun 08, 2015

      Law enforcement would not be really happy with this move as the PGP algorithm itself was developed as a revolt against the US government’s decision of forcing the service providers to provide the backdoors,” said Vinayak Godse, Senior Director- Data Protection, Data Security of Council of India…

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    • Industrial Espionage and Counterterrorism Surveillance: Two sides of the same coin

    • NETmundial is the world any closer to global oversight of the Internet?

    • Is NETmundial a lost opportunity?

      Jun 26, 2014

      Rahul Sharma, Senior Consultant, DSCI
      Miffed by the news of surveillance of Brazilian citizens and spying of world leaders by National Security Agency (NSA) of the US, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff cancelled on a meeting with US President Barack Obama. Dilma decried mass surveillance activities of the US at the UN General Assembly. Dilma found a company in Angela Marcel, German Chancellor, and Brazil and Germany together produced a resolution ‘Right to Privacy in Digital Age’ in the UN, which was later adopted as-is in December 2013. In October, ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehade finally managed to meet Dilma. Both discussed and agreed on the need to evolve the current model of Internet Governance (IG), and look for a more democratic, transparent, multi stakeholder approach, ending US unilateral oversight of key functions and activities. A global meeting (NETmundial) was announced to further the discussion. It was organized in a partnership between the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) and /1Net, a forum promoted by ICANN that gathered various stakeholders involved in IG activities.

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    • The right to privacy in the digital age

      Jun 11, 2014

      An authored article by Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI brings out the details on the U.S. surveillance program. The article highlights the reservations by the different countries and their response to it.

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    • Against a splinternet

    • Building an Indian social network

    • Big Data Analysis - the value it brings, the debate it opens

    • Policy making for Cyber Security

    • A look at the National Cyber Security Policy 2013

    • How to draw lines in space

      Jul 15, 2013

      Jul 15, 2013 The Indian Express
      An authored article by Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI that provides reviews on the National Cyber Security Policy 2013 released recently. It states that the policy presents a complete ecosystem for a secure computing environment, keeping in view the latest developments in other countries, but the is implementing the policy and defining the details.

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    • Through the prism revelation

      Jun 17, 2013

      An authored article by Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI, states the revelations made on the Data Mining Program of the US government (popularly known asPRISM) and Indian government’s initiative for establishing Central Monitoring System for surveillance and monitoring. He opines on the various aspects of privacy, freedom of speech and national security which the issue has brought in focus.

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      Link: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/through-the-prism-revela

    • The network is evolving on the lines of security

      May 09, 2013

      Co- Authored Mr. Vinayak Godse, and Mr. Mayank Lau, the article gives insights into the rapidly changing threat landscape bringing focus on the next generation security capabilities available to effectively counter the ever growing dynamic environment and advanced persistent threats. It also discusses DSCI- Cisco survey findings ‘Reinventing the network in the context of Security’ highlighting various challenges faced by the security community in India.

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      Link: http://www.dqindia.com/dataquest/analysis/188379/the-netwo

    • Do you have a Killer Security Strategy?

    • Who controls the internet?

      Feb 07, 2013

      An authored article by Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI regarding the ubiquitous communication technology driven by the Internet and its impact on the globalized world. The article states that internet governance is an important policy and governance issue that has been raised at an international level. Since the World Summit on Internet Society in 2003, nations have called for a transparent, democratic and multilateral governance of the Internet The article further emphasizes how cybercrimes too are taking the world by a storm and cyber-attacks, especially on critical infrastructures, are threatening nations, which are worried about their inability to respond to such attacks because of difficulties in attribution. The article further states that it is also part of global commons, like land, sea, air, space. It has come to be recognized as fifth domain since it is important for national security.

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      Link: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/weekend-life