The Indian government is putting pressure on WhatsApp to develop a mechanism to trace the origins of fake messages that threaten the nation's security. Will WhatsApp take action? And what do security experts say about the feasibility?
WhatsApp, the messaging service owned by Facebook, says it's ready to launch its digital payment services, WhatsApp Pay, in India following its beta test. But the Supreme Court says WhatsApp first must comply with RBI's data localization requirements.
Third-party risk has emerged as one of 2019's top security challenges, and the topic was the focus of a recent roundtable dinner in Charlotte. RSA's Patrick Potter attended that dinner and shares insight on how security leaders are approaching this aspect of digital risk management.
Many corporate boards of directors in India have made progress in recognizing cybersecurity as a priority. But clearly, they still have a lot of work to do. Panelists at a recent ISMG summit in Bengaluru offer insights.
Despite multiple government agencies being formed to fight cybercrime, efforts need to be made for better coordination between them, said Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant, the newly appointed national cybersecurity coordinator, PM Office, Government of India.
The Reserve Bank of India is proposing that financial technology firms be allowed to test new products and services that might require the relaxation of certain compliance regulations in what's called a "regulatory sandbox" approach.
Latha Reddy, India's former deputy national security adviser, says the nation should designate election infrastructure as "critical information infrastructure" to help ensure that cybersecurity is a much higher priority. She also spells out other critical steps.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has formed a committee to conduct a comprehensive review of data security practices and suggest recommendations for preventing data breaches that affect critical infrastructure. How are security experts reacting?
An essential component of protecting payment information is devaluing the data that is transmitted so it's of no use to hackers, says Lance Johnson, executive director of the PCI Standards Security Council.
The National Internet Exchange of India, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Electronics and IT that maintains the .In registry and country code Top Level Domains, has switched to a new outsourcer for operations and maintenance. Some security experts are criticizing the move.
Recent data leaks, including the SBI incident that affected millions of customers, have once again stirred up a debate on the role of auditors in cybersecurity. But a bigger issue is the need to invest in appropriate security technologies and implement stronger policies and awareness programs.
With the general election approaching this spring to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, cybersecurity leaders say India must be prepared to thwart foreign cyberthreats and protect electronic voting machines against hacking by using appropriate security measures.
The Reserve Bank of India intends to do away with the one-time password authentication process for online transactions. In a step in that direction, for the first time, it's allowing widespread tokenization of debit, credit and prepaid card transactions to enhance the safety of digital payments.