The Budget 2021 has announced big-ticket projects to add to the digital capabilities with the next general census in the country being the first digital one and along with marque MCA 21 project, this is likely to garner massive ‘crown jewel' assets in terms of the sensitivity and quantity of data.
As these projects are rolled out it will increase the importance of security as the government builds the tools and workflows supporting these services. These projects will need to prioritize solutions such as Zero Trust Access, automated endpoint security, users awareness training to counter a range of threats, and will also need to ensure that solutions such as software-defined networking and multi-cloud services are implemented securely.
The real challenge in securing these digital assets that will continue to be targeted by both criminal and nation-state (APT) actors is the availability of skilled resources.
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The author is Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet. Views are personal.