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Originally published here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wannacry-quick-observations-indias-cyber-response-apparatus-singh. — Having waited long enough for someone to ask the right questions, here’s my litany of critical observations:   India’s cyber czar deems the attack as low-key. Around three weeks ago, I performed a nation-wide scan of the IP range and found multiple infections of the ETERNALBLUE-DOUBLEPULSAR implant kit. The information …

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I see a strange paradox in front of me. The world has never been this safe – the end of the Cold War brought forth a global resolve to taper conventional arms and weapons of mass destruction. Yet, there exists a threat so looming and persistent that it is fundamentally altering the international economic order …

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Published by The Quint: https://www.thequint.com/blogs/2017/04/24/achieving-military-grade-cyber-attribution. — I have been pondering over this for months now. In the wars of the future, how would the armed forces of a nation decide that reasonable thresholds have been crossed and that an offensive or retaliatory action is merited? What if the incursions or transgressions of the adversary only …

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Cyberspace as A Theatre of ‘Non-Linear War’ A paper for DEFCOM India, a prestigious journal of the Indian Army, edited by the Corps of Signals. Vol 3 No 1 2017 Abstract – This paper explores the hypothesis that any modern information operations (INFOOPS) framework must understand the symbiotic, reflexive and inter-disciplinary arrangement between offence and …

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  Melissa Hathaway led a task force on cyber in the Bush administration and was a member of Obama’s National Security Council. I have particularly followed her writings since 2009, while she was a contributor to Project Minerva — a US Department of Defense funded initiative to create a new geopolitical taxonomy for cyber. Hosted at …

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A special column for the 35th anniversary issue of the Business World magazine.   Digital India 2035: Cyber threats are a spanner in India’s growth engine When I was enlisted into a government organisation as a cyber warrior, the mandate was crisp and explicit. The 26/11 attacks had just overwhelmed the security establishment, as keywords …

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Risk indeed assumes a wager or a bargain. But that bargain has to be statistically driven and mathematically proven. Gartner is calling the bluff and telling us to solely focus on the risk, deriving it from the precision of information that lies in abundance. Every enterprise process has been mostly productised – so those old human-driven, interpretative notions of compliance should be discarded – giving way to analytically-driven approaches where federated risk gains priority.

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Fight decentralisation with decentralisation, chaos with chaos, is the message that has emerged from Borderless Cyber Europe. A new set of open, inter-operable standards that allows the creation of vendor-agnostic, collaborative and cross-organisational threat intelligence sharing grids – dealing only at the metadata-level – could easily be scaled nationally or even internationally. Organisations under an industry vertical or critical sector can group themselves together to facilitate the automated sharing of metadata, which can then be fed to a national command centre. It’s a regulation-free, oversight-less and privacy-friendly model.

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In the aftermaths of the Shadow Brokers’ hack of the National Security Agency’s operational systems. I am kind of enamoured by the beauty that lies in the chaos of asymmetric warfare. A billion-dollar op, hundreds of thousands of man-hours gone to dust with one hack, by a single margin of error. How many resources are required for the counter-op? Near to none.

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Between the excess of talk and the absence of action of India’s Cybersecurity leaders, lies the periled future of a nation that proudly blows the bugle of “Digital India”.

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A critique of the recently inked Indo-US cybersecurity pact, published by The Huffington Post.

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Cyber, Darkly

This article will be published in the April 2016 issue of the Quarterly Journal of the Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies. Inspired by Dan Geer’s 2014 Black Hat keynote, ‘Cybersecurity as Realpolitik’.

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had sought a set of recommendations from me for engagement on Global Cyber Issues.

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An opinion piece published in The Quint. The third in a series, originally titled ‘The Travails of an Indian Cyber Warrior’. I reason with the Deputy National Security Advisor, Dr. Arvind Gupta, to never equate cyber deterrence with nuclear deterrence, ever again.

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On the ethno-centric specter of NSA’s cyberwar which threatens global security. The deafening silence of India on the Juniper debacle and its geopolitical impact. How cyber-espionage is chipping away our GDP. The pussyfooted approach of the Indian establishment and lobbying bodies like Nasscom on foreign vendors. And the plan I submitted to a national security caucus.

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The liberal dream of a neutral cyberspace is dead and the foreign threat detectors are conspiratorial and selective. Like the US, India’s threat detecting agencies must refrain from operating in silos to stop the haemorrhaging of the nation’s secrets.

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