Governance & Risk Management , Privacy

India's PDP Bill: The Cybersecurity Implications

Microsoft's Keshav Dhakad on How the Personal Data Protection Bill Will Improve Security
India's PDP Bill: The Cybersecurity Implications
Keshav Dhakad, group head and general counsel, corporate, external and legal affairs, Microsoft India

India's Personal Data Protection - or PDP - Bill is "a useful framework that requires organizations to analyze the sensitivity of data that they collect and process and use this analysis to adopt a customized cybersecurity plan," says Keshav Dhakad, general counsel and group head of corporate, external and legal affairs for Microsoft India.

"We expect a paradigm shift in the seriousness with which companies will approach cybersecurity policies, practices and organizational requirements," he says. "We expect greater emphasis on companies adopting encryption standards, multifactor authentication, de-identification and hashing tools, and penetration testing to check the robustness of the security measures and what was enabled during the pandemic - the zero trust architecture."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Dhakad also discusses:

  • How the PDP Bill will change the cybersecurity ecosystem;
  • Highlights of the bill's data privacy regulations for CISOs;
  • How the cloud helps in meeting privacy and security requirements.

Dhakad is general counsel and group head of corporate, external and legal affairs for Microsoft India. He is a trusted adviser and enabler to Microsoft India senior leaders and their diverse business establishments and drives initiatives in the areas of technology policy and regulatory, trusted cloud and responsible AI, data privacy and cybersecurity, ethical culture and compliance governance, IPR, CSR and related areas.

About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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