The Kaspersky Cyberinsights 2018 series, which was successfully concluded in the cities of Mumbai and Delhi, had in attendance, digital and security leaders from both the cities. The primary objective of the series was to discuss and deliberate on the emerging threat landscape in the APAC, and explore what organizations need in order to build a solid Cyber Defence plan that will help them build resilience to address existing security risks, detect new attacks, and predict future complex threats.
As a part of this theme, the keynote sessions in both cities were delivered by distinguished thought leaders Brijesh Singh, IPS, Secretary and DG, Information and PR, GoM and Special IG of Police, Cyber, Maharasthra State, Mumbai, and Dr Charru Malhotra, Associate Professor (e-Governance and ICT), Indian Institute of Public Administration.
The keynote sessions focussed on “Confronting the Harsh Realities of the Sustained Threat”, Singh contextualized the changing threat landscape through anecdotal narrative on how the dynamics of cybersecurity and cybersecurity frameworks become more critical for Government agencies. He also articulated the spectrum of caution with which digital leaders have to understand cyber threats and attacks, given that data is now captured from all ends – from the networks, and from social media and across multiple devices.
Dr Malhotra, on the other hand, highlighted the fundamentals of cybersecurity awareness and the quotient among security decision makers, through an interactive quiz, eliciting responses from them. In her ensuing address, she also emphasized on the need to integrate public policy, academia and accompanying research around cybersecurity. Cybersecurity research, deep dive, talent and skillsets are a major component of the process, she said.
Shrenik Bayani, General Manager, Kaspersky Labs, South Asia, introduced the theme, giving a bird’s eye view on Kaspersky Labs. He also stated classic recent examples from global threat and cybersecurity landscape and how and why Digital India needs to scale up to meet new age digital transformation. Bayani observed, “With the emerging threats, Kaspersky Lab believes that organisations need to build an adaptive security framework that is scalable and flexible to meet the complex security challenges. We hear about cybersecurity trends quite frequently, seldom we talk about the threats. It is also worrying that most companies are unable to respond in time, but rather after the attacks have occurred.”
Moscow based, Denis Legezo, Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab, who was part of this series, spoke to the audiences about “APAC ThreatScape 2018: The top cyber-threats your business could face in H2, 2018”. Legezo elaborated on the shifting security continuum, and the awareness around threats such as APTs and ransomware.
In continuation of the overarching theme, there were sessions around “Threat Management & Defense: Cybersecurity risk mitigation in an era of digital transformation” by Pranav Bhayani, Technical Head, Kaspersky Lab- South Asia and on “Managing Hybrid Cloud Security: Complete Cybersecurity for Corporate Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem” by Sidharth Mutreja, Enterprise Solution Architect, Kaspersky Lab, APAC. In these sessions, the focus was on understanding the optimal means and security solutions, and the critical infrastructure that enterprises need in their cybersecurity journey, while alternating their digital models to the cloud.
A panel discussion around, “Securing the Borderless Enterprise”, which was based on key findings of an IDC-Kaspersky Report, had added participation from Vikram Jeet Singh, Director, Risk Consulting Services, KPMG and Kapil Mehrotra, CIO, HCL Healthcare, debating the changing network and data perimeters, specific industry challenges, various facets of enterprise cybersecurity maturity curve, the way forward for cybersecurity, while also understanding the optimal incidence response mechanisms and strategies. The Mumbai edition saw Burgess Cooper, Partner-Cybersecurity, EY and Seema Bangera, Head-Information Security, at Intelenet Global Services, adding their views and insights on cybersecurity challenges in specific industries, skill set enhancements and the way forward in strengthening collaborative dialogue, and fortifying organizational infrastructure through a trusted vendor or security service provider.