India’s biggest nuclear power plant and apex space agency were hacked this past year. Malware was installed on computers at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) as well as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The breaches, only two of the millions reported last year, served to expose just how vulnerable personal and private data is. As is national security data. And as the Indian government has made a concerted digital push, the sheer wealth of data at risk has grown exponentially.
Initiatives like Aadhaar (the Indian equivalent of a social security card) or real time payments system the United Payments Interface have brought into focus the need for robust cybersecurity.