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  • Munish Sharma

    +91 11 2671 7983

    Joined IDSA

    June 2015

    Area of Interest

    Cyber Security, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, Space Security, Defence Technologies.

    Current Project

    Cyber Security

    Education and Background

    Munish Sharma is a Consultant in the Strategic Technologies Centre at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. He is an engineering graduate (Electronics and Communications) and holds a Masters degree in Geopolitics and International Relations. Prior to that, he was a software engineer for four years with Accenture Services.

    His research interests include cybersecurity, critical information infrastructure protection, space security and geopolitical aspects of emerging technologies. He analyses technologies such as quantum computing and encryption, blockchain, Artificial Intelligence from a geopolitical perspective as well as concepts like cyber power, cyber espionage and cyber deterrence in the context of China. Munish has authored research papers, articles, briefs and commentaries for various journals, magazines and websites. His recent publications include: India's Strategic Options in a Changing Cyberspace (2018); “Decrypting China’s Quantum Leap,” The China Journal, no. 80 (July 2018); Securing Critical Information Infrastructure: Global Perspectives and Practices (2017); and, Securing Cyberspace: International and Asian Perspectives (2016). He was a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow for 2017-18..

    1. A South Asian Regional Cybersecurity Cooperation - Munish Sharma and Cherian Samuel (February 9-11, 2016)

    Select Publications

    • A slight push in the right direction would be much more productive and efficient, such as treating telecommunications as a utility rather than a market, and building innovation and IPR ecosystems rather than incentivizing licensed production.

      March 20, 2019
      Issue Brief
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      The book is structured to perform a role both as a primer to those who wish to understand the strategic issues and key concepts in cyberspace, as well as to provide sufficient pointers to those who wish to have an in-depth understanding on specific issues.

      Among the major issues examined are the efficacy of the concept of cyber deterrence, the troubled history of norm-making in cyberspace, protecting critical infrastructure from crippling cyber attacks, the viability of Active Cyber Defence as a means of responding to the sheer scale of attacks, and its attendant legal and ethical issues. Emerging technologies and their potential impact on an already dynamic domain are also the subject to scrutiny, as also the various models of public-Private Partnership in cybersecurity around the world.

      • ISBN: 978-93-86618-66-5,
      • Price: ₹.746/-
      • E-copy available
    • Eradicating the fake news problem calls for a collective effort of individuals, governments, social media and content platforms, and innovative technology solutions.

      July 11, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • IDSA Consultant, Mr Munish Sharma’s paper on quantum communications in China, titled ‘Decrypting China’s Quantum Leap’ has been published in the July 2018 issues of ‘The China Journal’.

      The paper explores the rapid development and evolution of research in quantum communications in China, the critical role of political leadership, and the immense opportunities it holds in the military domain.

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      June 18, 2018
      IDSA News
    • The Cambridge Analytica episode highlights the need to expedite the process of developing a data protection framework and probably amend the IT Act in accordance with the changing realities of cyberspace.

      March 26, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • India can play an essential role in mitigating the risks and maximizing the benefits on account of rapid growth of AI enabled technologies.

      February 23, 2018
      Issue Brief
    • The dexterity with which Japan handles this case and the follow-up measures it adopts will strongly influence other countries to either liberalise the use of cryptocurrencies or strictly forbid them in the interest of consumers, law enforcement and national security.

      February 13, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Attribution of cyberattacks is an impending issue in enabling a credible deterrent against both state and non-state actors. It applies equally to cases of a criminal nature as well as to those with implications for national security. The technology underlying cyberspace facilitates anonymity and thus affixing responsibility, that is, attributability, is not merely a technological challenge but a political one as well, especially when nation states have proven prowess in engaging their adversaries in cyberspace.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Consultant, IDSA, Mr Munish Sharma’s paper on unmanned aircraft systems, titled ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A Disruptive Technology’ was published in the August 2017 edition of the Synergy Journal of the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies.

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      September 05, 2017
      IDSA News
    • The US decision to elevate its Cyber Command to that of a Unified Combatant Command sends a strong signal to entities and countries inimical to its interests to recalibrate their security calculus.

      August 25, 2017
      IDSA Comments