Advanced SOC Operations / CSOC , Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , COVID-19

Protecting Critical Infrastructure From Nation-State Attacks

Telangana's IT Secretary, Jayesh Ranjan, on the Need for Continuous Monitoring
Brijesh Singh, inspector general, Maharashtra Police (left), and Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary-IT, government of Telangana

Enterprises should have an incident response plan with a continuous monitoring threat intelligence sharing mechanism to help protect critical infrastructure from nation-state attacks, says Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary-IT, for Government of Telangana.

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Regional governments are faced with three types of attacks: ethical hackers who have been deployed to identify vulnerabilities; rivals (e.g., political opponents) who hire hackers to attack or disrupt systems, and criminals conducting ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure, he says. An effective SoC can help monitor for incidents, Ranjan explained during a fireside chat video session at Information Security Media Group's recent Virtual Cybersecurity India & SAARC Summit.

A collaborative approach is essential to defend against attacks on critical infrastructure, says Brijesh Singh, inspector general of Police, Government of Maharashtra, who moderated the session. Consequently, stakeholders need to build their capabilities to attribute the incidents and provide improved investigation. he says.

In this video, the experts address:

  • Why a cybersecurity crisis management plan is essential;
  • Enhancing the forensic capabilities of an enterprise;
  • Evolving more stringent security policies and data protection plans.

Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, who now works in Telangana. He has undertaken international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, and Mexico's Sedatu project.

Singh is inspector general of police, Government of Maharashtra. He is the former inspector general of the Criminal Investigation Department. He is also inspector general of police - Women Atrocity Prevention and Cybercrime, a special authority created by the Maharashtra government to tackle cyberthreats.

About the Author

Geetha Nandikotkur

Geetha Nandikotkur

Managing Editor & Conference Chair, Asia and Middle East, ISMG

Nandikotkur is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in newspapers, audiovisual media, magazines and research. She has an understanding of technology and business journalism and has moderated several roundtables and conferences, in addition to leading mentoring programs for the IT community. Prior to joining ISMG, Nandikotkur worked for 9.9 Media as a group editor for CIO & Leader, IT Next and CSO Forum.

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