As Digital India and the concept of Smart Cities take shape, cyber attacks have doubled year over year. It is the time we should start considering the implementation of digital security systems as an integral part of the plan rather than an afterthought.

When we talk about the government’s ambitious Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives, usually the focus is on the scale of the project and capacity to do it. However, it also poses a big challenge, that of digital security. With the move towards a digital economy, increasing amount of consumer and citizen data will be stored digitally and a large number of transactions will be carried out online. The government needs to be prepared for the snags that will accompany this tremendous digital push. The government initiative that seeks to transform the country into a digital economy can be successful only when the robust digital security systems are in place.

Additionally, the development of Internet of Things, which enables communication between machines, raises the possibility of appliances being manipulated by hackers. The widespread use of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is only likely to boost the possibility of information misuse and the need to put digital security systems in place.

The number of cyber security incidents has evolved by leaps and bounds in India over the last few years and will continue to do so. As per the information collected by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 50,362 cyber security incidents were reported in India during the year 2016. The types of incidents handled were mostly related to malicious code, phishing, website intrusion, spam, network scanning and probing and malware propagation amongst others. As per the ‘2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: India’ the average total cost of a data breach paid by Indian companies increased by 9.5 percent, while the average size of a breach grew by 8.1 percent.

2017 has put a number of high-profile companies in the limelight due to unpatched vulnerabilities, human errors and misconfigurations were leveraged to steal sensitive records.

In the wake of increasing incidents, it is imperative for Indian organizations to secure data at all the times, protect citizen’s information at large and secure critical infrastructure through strict compliance with the security policy and using modern techniques, tools, and digital security systems. The importance of digital security solutions has grown considerably over the past few years and has helped expand the influence and scope of cyber security functions.

The drastic improvement in digital security systems has helped organizations detect more incidents than before. An organization can now detect attackers as they enter its network, whereas earlier it could only catch attackers on their way out, if at all.

Digital security is one of the most urgent issues of the day. With rapidly growing interconnected business operations and increasing digitization, cyber security challenges are bound to intensify. Effective measures need to be taken to ensure protection against cyber attacks and threats. While the nation focuses on growth, our work as technologists is clearly cut out. We need to focus on the basics that will help keep the growth story on course.

We, at Naesys, believe that India needs properly structured and well thought digital security system that’s integral to the Digital India vision. We provide a full suite of digital security solutions that help identify threats and risks, deploy the right technology, and achieve operational readiness to protect from malicious cyber attacks.