02 August, 2021

‘A Global Mechanism Is The Need Of The Hour’

In the age of Aadhar, how important is cyber security? Dr Ajay Kumar, additional scretary of Ministry of Electronics and IT says it's "challenging"

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
‘A Global Mechanism Is The Need Of The Hour’

Cyber security is a very challenging sector for any government, especially one that aims at inclusion and development through the use of digital technology and Aadhaar. Arushi Bedi caught up with Dr Ajay Kumar, add­itional secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT (since promoted to secretary, Defence Production), at the Global ­Conference on Cyber Space to talk about the importance of Digital India, ­recent cyber attacks on Indian software and the lack of an international pol­icy to deal with growing cyber threats.

What is India’s idea of cyber inclusion?

Today, India is perceived to be one of the fastest-growing cyber destinations in the world, recognised by all world powers thanks to Digital India. We are seen as an IT country which can provide solutions and services as well as one of the greatest users of technology, with a unique value proposition about how to use digital technologies with a human face while ensuring development.

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