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3 Pillars of an Effective Cyber Intelligence Strategy

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Over the last year, cybersecurity has become a huge issue for businesses. Hackers and ransomware assaults are wreaking havoc on organisations of all types, from small to huge. 

Employees have resorted to attempting to resolve security issues and maintain their work equipment on their own. Hackers will be able to take advantage of cybersecurity flaws as a result of this. As cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity, attackers have had an easier time disappearing with funds. You’ll be able to minimise the damage to your company if you have the correct cyber intelligence strategy in place. 

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Information gathered by corporations on cybersecurity threats, attempts, and successful assaults is known as cyber threat intelligence. Malware, ransomware attacks, insider exploits, espionage, hacktivism, cybercrime, and other new risks are all part of this category. The majority of attacks rely on social engineering to take advantage of human behaviour. Hackers aim to get past software defences by breaking into people’s computers, which is known as cybercrime.

Phishing emails and phoney customer care calls are examples of cyber attacks. The most important thing here is to make sure that anybody with access to your company’s computer systems has been extensively trained in spotting, recording, escalating, and neutralising cybersecurity risks. This can be accomplished by providing workers with training and tests, as well as a complete manual outlining what to do in any case. 

Collect and analyze data

A seemingly innocuous aberration could be the precursor to a large-scale attack in which your business is held for ransom. It might be as simple as an employee checking and then deleting a questionable email and attachment. To ensure that you’re covering all of your bases, your employees’ manuals and training should require them to report any irregularities they detect.

When choosing a cybersecurity vendor, conduct your research. Make sure the vendor can assist you in recovering from any damages, such as those caused by ransomware. Cybercriminals have advanced to the point where they can conceal their identities and stolen assets. CNC Intelligence has developed tools to accurately identify the criminal scheme’s beneficial owners and find recoverable assets.

Collaborate with other industry players

When battling a threat, cybersecurity specialists who share strategies will be able to draw on a communal knowledge pool as needed, enhancing their chances of success. As evidenced by “malware supermarkets” and instructions on black hat forums, criminals collaborate as well. Being an active participant in these forums is critical because it effectively multiplies your chances of becoming aware of an emerging threat or assault pattern before it reaches your doorstep. 

Consider leading the charge to create one if your organisation is in an industry or location where there aren’t any active cyber intelligence exchange forums. Engage with representatives from other companies and agree on parameters for information sharing that will benefit everyone without jeopardising private information. The benefits to all participants will make the effort worthwhile.

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Starlink Broadband could soon go live in India

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Starlink Broadband, the satellite-internet company committed to providing high-speed internet connectivity to areas that aren’t connected to wired or wireless internet, could soon go live in 10 rural areas of India. 

While posting on LinkedIn, Starlink Country Director India, Sanjay Bhargava, said that they have more than 5000 pre-orders from India, with a “stretch target of 2,00,000 terminals active in India in December 2022”, subject to government approval.

While expanding on the subject in a release note, the company said, “​​The government approval process is complex. So far there is no application pending with the government, so the ball is in our court to apply for consideration which we are working on. Our approach will be to get pilot approval quickly if pan India approval will take long. We are optimistic that we will get approval for a pilot program or pan India approval in the next few months”.

Starlink’s plans take flight

Elon Musk also said the company was in talks with airlines about deploying Starlink on board, with users promised low latency half gigabit internet if the plans go through. It was unclear which airlines were contacted or when the installation would take place.  

These aren’t the first rumblings about this plan, with SpaceX Vice President Jonathan Hofeller signing from the same hymn sheet back in June. Hofeller remarked that SpaceX has already done some demonstrations of the technology, and it is looking to finalize the product in the near future, saying that, “Starlink provides a global mesh (so that) airlines flying underneath that global mesh have connectivity anywhere they go. Passengers and customers want a great experience that (geosynchronous satellite internet) systems simply cannot provide”. 

So far, SpaceX has launched 1,740 Starlink satellites, and the program currently has about 100,000 users in 14 countries, with plans to launch 12,000 satellites. 

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EVs: The Future of Human Mobility

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As Electric Vehicles (EV) are becoming increasingly popular every day, its market share is also expected to rise greatly. And the economic arguments for this are too strong to ignore; with India heavily dependent on oil imports, transitioning to EVs could help save $60 billion on oil imports by 2030. And the average consumer will be happy to migrate to EVs as well, with fuel prices crossing a century in most parts of the country. Widespread adoption could help consumers save an average of Rs. 20,000 for every 5,000 kilometres traversed, assuming electricity costs will hover around Rs. 1.1 per kilometer. 

Tata Motors is one of the foremost movers in the space, with an early mover advantage. The future looks promising for the leading automaker as the private equity group TPG along with ADQ of Abu Dhabi has agreed to invest in the EV division Rs 7500 crore ($1 billion), valuing the business at $9.1 billion. This most certainly helps the automobile arm of Tata to boost their EV footprint and market share.  

The new investors will be given Compulsorily Convertible Preference Shares (CCPS), which will give them an 11-15 percent ownership in the EV unit after 18 months of conversion, with Tata Motors owning the rest. The conversion will also be tied to certain revenue criteria that have been agreed upon. The first round of 50 percent capital infusion is planned to be finished by March 22, with the remaining funds infused by the end of 2022.  

Tata Motors has already announced plans to roll out 10 new battery electric vehicles in its domestic product portfolio by 2025. The company is also evaluating the creation of automotive software and  an engineering vertical within the Tata group that will help it lead in the sphere of connected and autonomous vehicles. 

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The rise of Electric Vehicles in India

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After the boom of Electric Vehicles (EVs) across the world, Indian businesses now seek Government support in order to meet their needs by 2030 i.e., 65% of vehicles in India to be electric. 

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) said that more than 25 companies, including automakers Mahindra & Mahindra and Volvo, oil giant Shell, and clean mobility startups, want India to set firm targets and frame policies to support the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). 

This is India’s first coordinated effort to transition to sustainable transportation, and it comes only weeks before the United Nations’ climate change summit, which is considered as critical to eliciting additional commitments from states to combat global warming. 

In recent months, India has approved plans to encourage companies to manufacture electric vehicles and batteries in the country, boosting supply and complementing a bevy of federal and state incentives for EV purchasers. 

According to the WBCSD, by 2030, companies want 30% of new automobiles, 70% of new motorcycles and scooters, and 35% of new buses to be electric. They want the government to legalize e-bike taxi services, issue fleet permits for electric three-wheelers, make financing and leasing alternatives for electric cars more accessible, and expedite the construction of public chargers in order to achieve this. 

JBM Group of India, Hero Electric Motorcycles, Switch Mobility, Fortum Energy, IKEA, and LeasePlan are among the companies supporting the project. 

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