Interviewed by Bharath Pottekkat
Edited by Malavika VN
If the recent revelation that China is collecting huge amounts of data on Indian individuals is anything to go by, it’s safe to say that cyber threats have gone beyond the realm of popular belief where this happens largely between North Korea, Russia, USA and China. Mix this with the growing capabilities of the Indian state to collect information about its own citizenry, and we have a confusing concoction of what the Indian cyberspace is. Against such a background, it is crucial to understand just how equipped we, individually and institutionally, are to deal with threats, both, external and internal. Pukhraj Singh, cyber intelligence analyst and expert helps us dig through this through some basic questions:
- What security and accountability strategies should be adopted while designing government databases?
- What are some flaws within the Personal Data Protection Bill?
- What type of cyber strategies have been adopted by different South Asian countries?
- How do South Asian cyber strategies differ when compared to the rest of the world?
- Will India exploit the cyber realm in the near future?