For organisations to boost the cybersecurity ecosystem, academia, start-ups, and government need to create a vibrant ecosystem and proactively address the most important technology challenges in the country.
“Collaboration is the key to a secure & connected future.” said Sanjay Gupta, Vice President, and India Managing Director, NXP Semiconductors. At NXP India, one of the biggest R&D Centres for NXP Semiconductors, had organised their 9th Mega Tech Summit- Security & Safety Week.
Gupta further added that safety and security are non-negotiable. “Any future product irrespective of its performance and intelligence cannot capture the mass market without consumer’s ‘trust’. Hence, the future belongs to those who take a holistic approach to safety and security and is focused on a correct-by-construct approach by building next-generation products and solutions.”
In order to strengthen cybersecurity through tech adoption it is important that there are multiple people in the team looking at different aspects of cybersecurity. It can be done with the support from the government incentives, concerted approach and a knowledge sharing framework that involves all stakeholders.
A panel also highlighted that the line between software and hardware from a cybersecurity and functional safety perspective is increasingly getting blurred and there would be a need to re-look at the problem from a combined perspective.
“Software functionality is important, but all security is actually interlinked and anchored. There’s nothing like distinct software or hardware security, it is the overall security that matters at the end of the day”, said Lars Regar, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NXP Semiconductors.
“A nation that can do this best in keeping curriculum updated with time and imparting best-in-class training to college grads will have the thought leadership lead when it comes to innovations and building a tech ecosystem”, added Lars.
The government of India is also planning to tackle the cybersecurity challenges because with an increasing cybersecurity threat to organisations due to the migration of workloads to the cloud has encouraged organisations to take the required steps in order to secure their infrastructure.
The panel discussion had leaders from industry, government, and academia who shared their insights on the necessity of instituting robust security mechanisms, creating public awareness, keeping pace with tech advancements, being ahead in the race against unethical programmers and malicious hackers, and above all, a cooperative ecosystem to foster innovation. Lars Regar, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NXP was also a part of their panel along with Semiconductors, Dr. KR Murali Mohan, Mission Director, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Dr. Manan Suri, Associate Professor, NVM and Neuromorphic Hardware Research Group, IIT Delhi, Satish Sundaresan, Managing Director, Electrobit India and Mohan Krishna Raj, VP & Global Head, UX Heuman Design, Harman International.