eMudhra Engage 2023 was recently concluded in New Delhi, focusing on the theme of Future-Proof Cyber Security, Built on digital Trust and Cryptographic Identities. The event was attended by the stalwarts of the PKI community in India including the Controller of Certifying Authorities and other government and industry players. The power-packed event in the heart of the National Capital created opportunities for our colleagues from the Industry and Government to delve into the most pertinent topics in line with cybersecurity, cryptography, and Post-Quantum Encryption. The event included keynote speeches on PKI and cryptography, as well as a panel discussion on adapting to the changing cybersecurity landscape in the context of cyber threats, data privacy, blockchain, and quantum computing.
Keynote Speeches: PKI and Cryptography as Foundations of Digital India
One of the keynote speeches at the event emphasized the importance of PKI and cryptography as important foundations of Digital India. The speech was given by Mr. Arvind Kumar, Controller of Certifying Authorities, Govt. of India. PKI or Public Key Infrastructure is a framework that uses digital certificates and key pairs to provide secure communication over the internet. Cryptography, on the other hand, involves the use of mathematical algorithms to encode and decode information.
Mr. Arvind Kumar highlighted the importance of PKI and cryptography in securing digital transactions and protecting sensitive information. He also discussed the potential of scaling the application of PKI and cryptography in the Indian landscape. The distinguished guest emphasized the role of industry players in taking this technology to the people to achieve last-mile penetration of secure digital services.
Future-Proofing Cybersecurity with PKI
Another keynote speech at the event focused on future-proofing cybersecurity with PKI. eMudhra’s Co-founder and Senior Vice President, Mr. Kaushik Srinivasan made an elevated pitch touching on topics like Web3.0, Homomorphic Encryption, and Quantum Cryptography and emphasized the need for organizations to implement PKI to secure their digital assets, protect against cyber threats, comply with data privacy regulations, and be prepared for the post-quantum encryption scenarios.
“Like the simple physical key has been protecting physical assets since 6th century BC, cryptographic keys and identities are the foundation for protecting data and digital assets in the 21st century and onwards; and eMudhra is your trusted cyber security partner in this era” – Kaushik Srinivasan, Co-founder, and SVP, eMudhra
He also discussed the importance of continuous monitoring and auditing of PKI implementations to ensure their effectiveness and detect any vulnerabilities. He went on to highlight the role of eMudhra as a leading provider of PKI solutions in India, offering a range of products and services to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes.
Panel Discussion: Adapting to Changing Cybersecurity Landscape
Panel discussion at the event was attended by Mr. Golok Kumar Simli, CTO – Passport Seva, MEA, Govt. of India; Mr. Anant Rao, Head of Procurement, Infosys; Mr. Rajnish Gupta, Associate Vice President – LTI Mindtree and; Mr. Aashish Banati, Deputy Controller of Certifying Authorities. The discussion revolved around adapting to the changing cybersecurity landscape in the context of cyber threats, data privacy, blockchain, and quantum computing. The panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by these emerging technologies, as well as strategies for mitigating cyber risks and maintaining digital trust.
The panelists emphasized the importance of collaboration between government, industry, and academia to address cybersecurity challenges and promote sustained innovation in the field. They also discussed the need for ongoing education and training to ensure that cybersecurity professionals are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to protect against evolving cyber threats.
eMudhra Engage 2023 highlighted the importance of PKI and cryptography in securing digital transactions and building digital trust. The event also provided insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies such as blockchain and quantum computing. As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, it is essential for organizations to stay informed and adopt best practices to mitigate cyber risks and protect against data breaches.