Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration
Cybersecurity has no demographically defined lane. If the data is being created at the grassroots level, it has to be protected from there. When this data reaches central level, the people and agencies which will access and share data need to be identified.
The privacy issues, if involved, should not be hurled up. This will only create a problem and would not solve the issue. But when it comes to security, country comes first and privacy of individual later. Also, the data needs to be prioritised before prioritising security aspects.
Rather than entering the technical jargons, we should look at the ready aspects of security. We are talking about cloud readiness but the data is coming from rural India where there is mobile readiness. Therefore, the influx of the data handled through mobile is more important as a security concern.
As a solution, we need to be more “social” and less “cyber”. As a first step, the relationship needs to be extended from public-private partnership (PPP) to public-private-panchayat-people partnership (5P). Educating the masses is the need of the hour.
Research and development (R&D) has almost vanished. There has to be more and more R&D to understand the challenges and provide solutions to them.
Finally, there should be more case studies which can act as benchmarks for all stakeholders. A central portal for all the information and solution can be provided which will sort out the capacity-building issues. This will help the state government to learn from the experience of others and will also address the centre- state issues.
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