Let’s Talk


November 25th, 2021

7 – 8PM IST

About the penalist

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya
Former Executive Editor, NDTV

Pranesh Prakash

Co-Founder, Centre for Internet &
Society Affiliated Fellow – Yale Law
school’s Information Society Project

Jiten Jain

Director, Voyager Infosec

Trisha Ray

Associate Fellow, Centre for Security
Strategy and Technology, ORF

About the event

In recent years, the government, corporations, and individuals have faced a huge challenge with cybersecurity, as hostile state and non-state actors use technology to launch a new kind of warfare. The pandemic has only made those challenges greater. Just days ago, India’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said cyber-crimes went up by almost 500% in India during the global pandemic. He said emerging threats from new technologies such as drones, ransomware, and the role of nation-states in such cyber-attacks, needs to be addressed. Our dependence on technology has increased more than ever before.

India is now in the final stages of clearing its first-ever National Cybersecurity Strategy in the wake of this threat. Indian officials say the time has come for a stand-alone cybersecurity law. Around 80% of Indian organizations are likely to increase their cybersecurity budget in 2022, according to a survey by global consultancy firm PwC.

So how can the country deal with this challenge, and what shape should the new policy take? Join us for the Let’s Talk Policy session on November 25th at 7 pm and hear from our panelists including Jiten Jain, Director, Voyager Infosec Consortium; Pranesh Prakash, co-founder, Centre for Internet & Society and Trisha Ray of ORF on the rising dependency of organizations on information technology and how the sensitive nature of digitally-stored data has raised the stake for cyber attackers.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panelists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and
explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing

Who should attend?

  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers, journalists, and professionals working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those who believe in fighting to preserve peoples’ privacy, against cyber attacks & unauthorised network exploitation – and are keen to hear from experts with relevant experience.