59th SKOCH Summit - Cyber Patriots Congress, 
17th August 2019, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi

Overview

Patriotism can be gut-wrenching!

You want to do something for the country, but don’t know how to?

India is being bled through a million cuts. Not all of them are physical. Our cybersecurity is constantly under attack from within the country and outside. As we move on to digitise everything, conventional armies will be replaced by cyber armies and criminals will become cybercriminals.

This got me thinking on the level of preparedness of India as a country against cybercrime, cyber monopolies and the threat of a potential cyber war. I spoke to the industry, the associations, the government, the think-tanks, social networks etc. to put together a database of people who can meaningfully contribute.

You will be shocked to know that there are less than 1,000 Indians with the requisite skill sets to even comprehend what is required to be done.

Through my research, your name came up as one of those 1,000 Indians, who have both the skill and the ability to contribute; which is less than .0001% of our population.

The question to you then is, would you?

I invite you to participate in a great national security initiative. We have set up a discussion group on cybersecurity with the following objectives:

Identify the contours of Indian cybersecurity through the following views:

  • Policy, e.g., national, corporate, individual etc.
  • Verticals, e.g., financial services, homeland security etc.
  • Technology, e.g., AI, Blockchain, IoT
  • Diplomacy and points of multilateral negotiations, e.g., data localisation Having identified and detailed the above document and evolve a coherent, implementable strategy. That can be published as a blue book and periodically updated.

The initiative is being driven by SKOCH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, a not-for-profit company. The details of our Distinguished Fellows & Advisory Board are as follows:

  • Dr N C Saxena, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India
  • Dr M Ramachandran, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Secretary, Urban Development, Government of India
  • Dr Zohra Chatterji, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Secretary, Textiles, Government of India
  • Dr Aruna Sharma, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation, Development Economist & Former Secretary, Steel, Government of India
  • Prof Charan Singh, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Non-Executive Chairman, Punjab and Sind Bank
  • Mr Kishore Sansi, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former MD & CEO, Vijaya Bank
  • Dr Deepali Pant Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India
  • Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Chairman, Microsoft India
  • Mr Nirmal Bansal, Senior Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Banker
  • Prof V N Alok, Senior Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration
  • Dr K G Karmakar, Senior Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation & Former Managing Director, NABARD
  • Prof Deepak B Phatak, Director, SKOCH Development Foundation & Professor Emirutus, IIT Bombay


Who should Sponsor?


  • If you have ever described patriotism as a core corporate value.
  • If you have never described patriotism as a core corporate value. Start now.
  • If you are a profitable Indian business.
  • If you are a foreign business wanting to reinforce corporate citizenship.

We need sponsors. Contact: patriots@skoch.in +91-9811156688



Who should Donate?


  • If you believe promoting patriotism is also your responsibility.
  • If you want to see stronger institutions and participatory democracy.
  • If you would like your next generation to live and work in a better India.

Donations to SKOCH Development Foundation. Contact: patriots@skoch.org. Donate: donation.skoch.in



Who should Participate?


  • If you have high order cyber security skills.
  • If you can contribute to a task force.

  • Contact: participate@skoch.in