When you talk to the visiting heads of the technology giants about the government’s ambitious Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives, usually the focus is around scale of the project, capacity to do it and eventually the conversation will move to the subject of cyber security. Nowadays security breaches are a regular feature. So much so that the insurance giant Aetna recently announced that it was going to approach cyber security as one more business risk that needs to be managed and insured in the same way that company manages fluctuating currency prices or the threats of lawsuits.
The integrated digital footprint created by Digital India and Smart Cities is likely to bring formidable and increasing demand on resources to defend against the multiplying threat levels and entry points. While both Smart Cities and Digital India will create new economic and social opportunities, they will also be creating an increasingly large attack surface for criminals to exploit as an initial