TechGig exclusive; insights from Dr. Gulshan Rai on cybersecurity at GCA index launch event

During the launch event, TechGig has an exclusive interaction with Mr. Gulashan to talk about certain cybersecurity topics. Continue reading to know the key points about the interaction.

On February 12, the Global Cybersecurity Association (GCA), a dedicated non-profit body, announced the launch of ‘GCA Index’ at a conference in New Delhi titled “Empowering Cybersecurity: Bringing youth, industry citizen & government on a common platform”.

This first-of-its kind Index will serve as a go-to reliable resource, offering insights into various use cases and highlighting products, services, and solutions available in the market.

Speaking at the launch of ‘GCA Index’ event, Dr. Gulshan Rai, Former National Cybersecurity Coordinator and Former DG, CERT-In said, “India has been successfully ranked at the 10th position since 2021, however, with the Global Cybersecurity Association (GCA) coming into place, we further expect to better our rank. To do this, we need to address the critical issue of managing the interface of IT and OT in the near future. If we do not act now, we will not be able to manage the ever-burgeoning cyber threats. This is a collective responsibility and GCA will be the guiding light for the government and citizens together making India cybersecure. The launch of ‘GCA Index’ marks the first step towards us becoming cybersecure.”

During the launch event, TechGig has an exclusive interaction with Mr. Gulashan to talk about certain cybersecurity topics. Continue reading to know the key points about the interaction.

How can companies effectively safeguard themselves against the increasing cyber threats facilitated by artificial intelligence?

Initially, companies must do a comprehensive evaluation of their own risk, acknowledging that attaining absolute protection is impractical. Instead, the emphasis should be on augmenting resilience. For instance, let’s imagine driving on a highway where accidents are always a potential occurrence, regardless of whether they are caused by oneself or other drivers. Individuals may minimize dangers by following correct driving protocols and being conscious of their own limits.

Similarly, organisations aim to enhance their resilience by including secure attributes, comparable to the inclusion of airbags and seat belts in automobiles. Nevertheless, it is crucial to acknowledge that even taking such measures, mishaps might still occur. Hence, organisations should customise their strategy for improving resilience by considering their unique attributes, such as the kind of activities, equipment used, client demographic, and legal obligations. This requires the creation of a tailored framework that recognises the distinct requirements of each organisation, instead than using a standardised approach.

Given the diversity among business segments, it is imperative for companies to establish distinct policies and regulations tailored to their specific needs. In light of this, how can companies effectively educate their employees about cyber threats?
Emphasize awareness. Take the example of State Bank of India, which conduct courses even within the government. These initiatives are integral to recruitment processes and annual confidential reports, assessing employees’ awareness of cyber risks. Therefore, it is essential for organizations to invest in awareness training, allocating a budget to ensure regular and comprehensive training sessions for employees.

What skills do you think are important for younger people to get job in the cybersecurity industry?
Fundamental awareness is essential. It concerns imparting essential information and comprehension. Lacking of it, people are devoid of the essential groundwork to properly manage cyber risks. Hence, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the permissible actions and the prohibited actions. However, simple acquisition of information is insufficient; strict adherence to these rules is required. Discipline is crucial in cultivating a culture of constant alertness towards cybersecurity.

With the rapid proliferation of social media, cyber threats are increasing at an alarming rate. What are your thoughts on this trend, and how do you believe younger individuals should navigate these challenges?
It is crucial to provide comprehensive education on cybersecurity to younger folks, emphasising the necessary actions and precautions to take. These instructions should be followed with great care and commitment, similar to how we adhere to traffic regulations while driving on the highway. It is essential to use an equivalent degree of prudence and mindfulness while implementing cybersecurity measures.