Hyderabad Security Cluster to protect citizen from vulnerabilities

By Author  |  Published: 8th Jul 2018  12:02 amUpdated: 7th Jul 2018  9:33 pm

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Security Cluster (HSC), being developed by Hyderabad Security Foundation (HSF), has been designed to become the hub for cyber security not just in India but globally. HSC is in the process of onboarding key stakeholders including common citizen who are equally vulnerable as businesses and States/nations are.

Telangana IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan told Telangana Today, “We are ongoing to onboard a key stakeholder on to the cluster-the common man. Common citizen face havoc due to cyber vulnerabilities. With the adoption of new electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and iPads particularly in the urban regions, the threat levels have gone up. We need to take measures to ensure citizen protection.”

To make a focused approach to the whole issue, the State government may soon dedicate a month to create awareness on the cyber vulnerabilities common citizen face and ways to protect them. Like other State initiatives such as Haritha Haaram (the brainchild of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao), the government is thinking of dedicating a month towards the end of the calendar year (tentatively in October/November), he informed.

Government preparedness

Jayesh Ranjan said, at the government level too, several measures are being taken to enhance the cyber security and readiness to tackle attacks. “Critical database of the government is saved in the State date centre. Adequate protection measures are taken to prevent any attacks. Security Operations Centre (SOC) that uses security information and event management (SIEM) tool has shown good performance in the past. Possible threats had been identified in advance and efficient prevention had been possible.”

India’s first cyber security cluster, HSC, has collaborated with Europe’s biggest security delta, with the Program of Cooperation under the MoU that was signed between The Hague Security Delta (HSD) and HSC. The HSC will primarily focus on areas such as cyber forensics, critical security infrastructure, national security, counter terrorism and electronic warfare. Founding member companies will take up research and innovation on a collaborative model. Cyber warriors will also be trained. This is a first of its kind initiative in the country.

Rising threat

Ranjan said, “The world is witnessing increased cyber threats and India is no exception. Though cyber experts are coming out with preventive cyber security frameworks, within months, dynamics are changing and those protection measures are failing. Cyber attackers are always a step ahead and are becoming innovative every day. We are just trying to catch up with the hackers.”

Highlighting the advantage of the support of Hague Security Delta (HSD) to Hyderabad Security Cluster, he added, “Best amount of technology development in the world is happening today in Hague, in the cyber security space. They had been far ahead of cyber attackers and have developed preventive mechanism. Hague Security Delta partnering Hyderabad Security Cluster is a big boost and the networking as well as knowledge sharing will go a long way in strengthening in the cyber security framework that Telangana wants to create for the State and the nation.”