Facebook has announced more measures designed to help combat fake news, misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression in advance of India's general election. Security experts disagree on whether the efforts will have a significant impact.
Some privacy activists and cyber lawyers are criticizing Facebook's new requirement in India that users who are posting content related to elections or national security verify their identity by sharing either their driving license, passport or PAN card.
Retired Lt. Gen, Rajesh Pant apparently will be India's next national cybersecurity coordinator, government sources say. Dr. Gulshan Rai, India's first cybersecurity chief, confirms he'll be stepping down at the end of his four-year term.
Despite early indications that India would not use technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its program to build a 5G network, because of security concerns, many security experts now predict the government likely will reverse itself and allow the use of that technology to help hold down costs.
In the wake of a cyberattack against BankIslami Pakistan, the State Bank of Pakistan, the nation's central bank, is asking all banks to step up their security efforts and make sure that security measures on all IT systems are continuously updated.
With the Cosmos bank attack still fresh in memory, some security experts are urging the Reserve Bank of India to take immediate steps to upgrade the security capabilities of banks. For example, they want banks to do away with user-based one-time passwords delivered via text messages.
While there is little doubt about the potential use cases of blockchain technology in the information security space, many security practitioners have yet to fully understand its practical applicability in the right areas.