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  • To Ban, or Not to Ban Huawei

    Given India’s dependence on imports for 90 per cent of its telecom equipment, the decision to allow Huawei to bid for 5G should be in line with the national interest, rather than taking sides and constraining options.

    April 03, 2019

    The Grandeur of GandCrab

    Every time a cyber security organisation comes out with a decrypter to counter the effect of GandCrab, a brand new version of the ransomware is generated by effecting a small fix in the code.

    March 22, 2019

    India’s Tryst with 5G

    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

    Why Creating an Indigenous LTE Chipset is Such a Big Deal

    India, the second largest smartphone market in the world, needs to encourage and incentivise its ICT industry to not only boost ‘Skill India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives but also provide cyber autonomy to its critical cyber assets.

    February 25, 2019

    An Era of True Fakes

    With increasing advances in artificial intelligence technologies and machine learning, a new era of deep fakes has emerged, which has the potential to weaken the fabric of democratic society.

    January 10, 2019

    Disruptive Technologies for the Militaries and Security

    • Publisher: Springer, Singapore
      2019
    This book debates and discusses the present and future of Disruptive Technologies in general and military Disruptive Technologies in particular. Its primary goal is to discuss various critical and advanced elucidations on strategic technologies. The focus is less on extrapolating the future of technology in a strict sense, and more on understanding the Disruptive Technology paradigm. It is widely accepted that technology alone cannot win any military campaign or war. However, technological superiority always offers militaries an advantage. More importantly, technology also has a great deterrent value. Hence, on occasion, technology can help to avoid wars. Accordingly, it is important to effectively manage new technologies by identifying their strategic utility and role in existing military architectures and the possible contributions they could make towards improving overall military capabilities. This can also entail doctrinal changes, so as to translate these new technologies into concrete advantages.
    • ISBN: E-book-978-981-13-3384-2, Hardcopy-978-981-13-3383-5
    • Price: E-book- € 118.99, Hardcover- € 139,99
    2019

    Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Tear Gas Misuse

    Riot control agents, are often employed for law enforcement. They also are open to misuse. Despite the ongoing misuse of these chemicals by police and security forces, CWC States Parties have not publicly raised any such cases as matters of concern within the OPCW nor has any OPCW policymaking organ addressed the nature and scope of “law enforcement” under the CWC.

    July-December 2018

    Russia's Foiled Cyber Attack on OPCW

    Earlier this year, the Dutch Security services along with the help of British officials were able to thwart the plan of group of Russians to compromise and disrupt systems at the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). Russia's actions has brought to the forefront the grave reality of cyber threat that international organisations face today.

    July-December 2018

    The 2018 Meeting of States Parties (MSP) on Biological Weapons Convention: An Assessment

    It is extremely hard to assess prospects for the 2016 MSP. There have been a number of preparatory events in the run-up to this MSP. However, if there is no outcome from this Meeting of State Parties (MSPs), it is unlikely that agreement could be reached before 2021 BWC Review meeting. This MSP was the final chance for a BWC inter-sessional process. It is likely that governments will move activities to reduce deliberate biological threats away from the BWC. It would then be harder to promote discussions on the subject of deliberate biological threats. This would weaken the position of Geneva-based diplomats to influence policy on the BWC. And what would be the potential areas for future work for a programme on BWC between now and 2021 is now anyone's guess.

    July-December 2018

    India and Chemical Security - Can Another Bhopal be Avoided?

    The Indian Chemical Industry manufacturing a large number of Toxic Industrial Chemicals and materials, not well regulated, has shortcomings relating to the security of the plants and the chemicals. The security threat could be at the plant, at the storage and during transportation of chemicals by various modes. Lack of adequate measures, to ensure security, could have disastrous consequences resulting in a great loss to life and property.

    July-December 2018

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