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May 8, 2019

The digital infrastructure enables governments and businesses to expand their operations and reach as well as increase efficiencies; but it also exposes individuals, communities, organizations and nations to the threat of cyber-attack and cyber-crime. Cyber threats have become increasingly sophisticated. Vulnerabilities have grown with the massive global expansion of digital connectivity. The technical tools available to state and non-state actors as well as criminally-motivated individuals to exploit the open and interconnected cyber space to inflict harm have to be monitored, understood and countered. With government programmes for expanding digital connectivity across the country and its large population connected to the Internet, the society is vulnerable to a broad range of cyber-threats at the governmental, business and individual levels is high. 

According to reports, cyber-crimes registered in India in recent times have surged by approximately 350%. The cyber threats we face are becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted and come from unexpected sources. To control cybercrime risks and make informed decisions on cyber security, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the present and future threats to the online environment. No single entity can handle the totality of cyber security issues. While the government cannot completely delegate the role of securing cyberspace, it cannot also work in isolation. Policing resources to investigate all cyber-criminal activities will never be enough. The role of policing agencies is only one, albeit important, part of the overall response to cybercrime. Discrete players in the digital economy are best placed to play different but complementing roles in mitigating the cybercrime risks to individuals, consumers, businesses and governments.

The session will focus aforesaid issues and on the role of an effective partnership between the public and private sectors to handle cyber-criminal activities effectively.


Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor ,University of Pittsburgh

As the University of Pittsburgh’s 18th chancellor, Dr. Patrick Gallagher directs one of the nation’s premier public institutions for higher education and research. In this role, Gallagher oversees a community of more than 34,000 students at five distinct campuses. He also supports the work of more than 13,000 faculty and staff members who are committed to advancing the University’s legacy of academic excellence, community service and research innovation.

Under his leadership, Pitt has strengthened its status as one of the nation’s premier public institutions for higher education and research, including being named the top public education and research, including being named the top public university in the Northeast by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Prior to his installation at Pitt, Gallagher spent more than two decades in public service. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology. While in this role, Gallagher also served as acting deputy secretary of commerce before leaving for Pitt in the summer of 2014. Today, Gallagher serves as the chair of Internet2 and is active on a number of boards and forums, including the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. He has also completed terms on a wide range of community boards and committees, including President Obama’s 12-person Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity in 2016. Gallagher holds a PhD in physics from Pitt and a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College in Kansas.


Mr. Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder, BOOM & IndiaSpend

Govindraj Ethiraj is a television and print journalist who has reported and written on Indian business for over 25 years. He is a media executive and entrepreneur whose ventures are safeguarding the transparency, accuracy, and integrity of the internet in general and news in specific in India and world-wide. Most recently, he founded BOOM (www.boomlive.in), a fake news busting initiative that tracks and debunks viral hoaxes in real time, often time preventing community violence by stopping rumours that stir up ethnic hatred.

He also founded the award-winning IndiaSpend (indiaspend.org), a public interest journalism outfit which uses data to write and syndicate stories in areas like health, education and environment, and FactChecker (factchecker.in) which monitors media, politicians and other figures for accuracy. BOOM and FactChecker were India’s first verified members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), a part of the Poynter Institute. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Govindraj was named a 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate in recognition for his leadership with BOOM, IndiaSpend, and FactChecker. Govindraj also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being `Aegons of Business' featuring conversations with young entrepreneurs on Bloomberg Quint and earlier the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RSTV. Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media), and before that, Govindraj spent five years with the television channel CNBC-TV18, where he actively drove most of the channels’ programming growth and expansion. Prior to television, he worked in print in The Economic Times and leading business magazines. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s India Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a winner of the 2014 BMW Responsible Leaders Awards. 


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