Cybersecurity is a priority for the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As he completed his cabinet ministry appointments, he instructed the ministers to take up initiatives that can help build a cyber-resilient nation.
WhatsApp has agreed to appoint a grievance officer for India who will handle complaints about fake news. The nation's government had demanded the action in the wake of recent mob violence triggered by fake news spread on the social media platform. But will the appointment have a significant impact?
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology late Friday released the long-awaited draft of a data protection bill, which now faces Parliamentary debate. The bill, which would require most data about Indians to be stored domestically, was drafted by a committee of experts headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna.
India's Ministry of Electronics and IT has asked Facebook for an update on the number of Indian users impacted by its recent data breach, which affected 50 million users worldwide. But it's not yet clear what steps the government can take to make sure the social media platform is secure.
Although CERT-In says the hacking of Indian websites declined dramatically this year, based on reports it has received, some security experts argue that many hacking and other cybercrime incidents are never reported.
India is seeing a surge in government website defacements and data leaks that apparently are tied to nation-states. But if key stakeholders from all sectors collaborate, using appropriate skills and technologies, they can fight off these threats.
After initial protests, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, along with major payment firms, have indicated they plan to comply with the Reserve Bank of India's payment data localization mandate and meet the Oct. 15 deadline. Security experts analyze the impact of the data storage shift.
The IT minister of India, where Facebook has 250 million users, is using harsh language to warn the U.S.-based social media company to protect users' privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Meanwhile, some security practitioners say the incident could be a catalyst for tougher privacy laws.