Verizon, Telangana govt tie up for novel project

Verizon would work with the Department of IT and HSC to identify a subset of cases or reported incidents that fit the criteria for inclusion in the DBIR.

By Author  |  Published: 7th Feb 2019  11:59 pmUpdated: 7th Feb 2019  10:57 pm
Verizon India MD Robert Le Busque with Telangana IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan at the MoU signing for participation in Data Breach Investigations Report. Photo: Hrudayanand.

Hyderabad: American telecommunications company Verizon has partnered with the Department of IT, Telangana government and Hyderabad Security Cluster (HSC) to take part in the former’s public research project- Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) which will be rolled out next year.

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, Industries & Commerce (I&C) Department, & Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Department formally signed a memorandum of understanding with Robert LeeBusque on Thursday in this direction.

Verizon would work with the Department of IT and HSC to identify a subset of cases or reported incidents that fit the criteria for inclusion in the DBIR. Anonymous and standardised data points based on Verizon’s Vocabulary for Event Recording and Incident Sharing (VERIS) framework will be recorded about each incident. The data provided will be aggregated with that of Verizon and other contributors to be presented in the DBIR.

Verizon brought its first report in 2008 with findings from security incident investigations conducted from 2004 and 2007. DBIR aims to provide real-world statistics on how security breaches happen, people responsible for those breaches, reasons that led to breaches. The 2018 DBIR draws on over 53,000 incidents and 2,200-odd confirmed data breaches, studying the impact of malware, denial-of-service attack (DoS) attacks, social engineering and other activities across multiple industries.

To widen the scope of the report, the company has roped in close to 70 international law enforcement agencies and organisations in the past. They include US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), Center for Internet Security, Cisco Security Services and McAfee beside other organisations. Telangana government is the first State government in India to be a part of the initiative.

Robert Lee Busque, MD, Verizon India, told Telangana Today, “With the agreement we have entered into, the Department of IT, Government of Telangana and Hyderabad Security Cluster’s work and perspective will be represented in one of the most widely-read and well-respected cyber security reports in the world, reaching out to millions of readers.”

He added, “It will also demonstrate an active role in raising public awareness and equipping organisations with the real-world knowledge necessary to protect vital information resources.”
Dealing with cybercrime requires all the stakeholders working together. DBIR provides insight on ways to achieve cyber safety and security. Verizon has been closely looking at how threats are emerging and giving back that intelligence to all the users who may be benefited.

Prashant Gupta, Head of Solutions, Verizon Communications, said, “We also want to support the activities of the Hyderabad Security Cluster that will help anyone who is looking at developing products or managing information security for organisations.”

Gupta added, “Though certain data sets were emerging from India, they were very limited. Telangana being the first State to partner with us, being the State which has been a frontrunner in cyber security and cyber policy, we expect data sets will be vast. From a government perspective, Telangana is leading and is the first to sign up with us in India.”

Verizon is also looking at exploring the possibility of upgrading security operations centres (SoCs) in Telangana. The company can also extend its expertise to Telangana’s fibre network project, Robert hinted.