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Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advocates major push for complete Digitalisation of Indian Railways

The conference focused on building a road map for transforming the Indian Railways into a completely digital enterprise

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New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Advocating major push for complete digitalisation of the Indian Railways, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said the move could prove to be a game changer as it would result in saving billions of dollars.

Prabhu said a holistic approach for digitalisation of the Railways in partnership with the IT industry would benefit both the Railways as well as the vendors who partner with it in different spheres.

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“We are working on an integrated, comprehensive strategy to leverage information technology for improvements in systems and processes, and to enhance efficiency,” Prabhu said at a conference on “Building Digital Railway for Digital India” here.

The conference focused on building a road map for transforming the Indian Railways into a completely digital enterprise.

“It (complete digitalisation) will be a game changer if the Railways can save six billion dollars by investing two billion dollars,” Prabhu said.

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The minister, however, warned that cyber security should be kept in mind while going for digital platforms.

The Indian Railways One Information and Communication Technology (IR-OneICT) Platform is an initiative to enable Indian Railways to deliver goods and services in tune with the demands by creation of logistics and transport capacity enabled by digital platform.

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It aims to use digital technology to better connect the goods and services with the market.

“The better capacity and asset utilisation would mean helping Indian Railways in running more trains, carrying more freight, providing better and reliable services to the passenger, increased revenues and safe operations,” a government statement said. (IANS)

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Economic Revival Damaged by COVID, May take 6 Months In India: Experts

Experts predict, India will emerge stronger from multiple crises of economy, pandemic and super cyclone in the next 6-9 months

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Experts say, India will emerge stronger from multiple crises of economy, pandemic and super cyclone in the next 6-9 months. Pixabay

India will emerge stronger from multiple crises of economy, pandemic and super cyclone in the next 6-9 months, say industry leaders, based on the resilience shown by people, businesses and the government. The telecom and information technology will be key to survival and revival of lives and economy, said the business leaders as they shared their views on challenges faced by the Indian economy at a webinar organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Delhi.

“Covid-19 has resulted in the world adopting to the ‘new normal’ by accelerating business transition towards digital practices. IT as the backbone of the economy responded immediately to this crisis as the industry was prepared and working towards digitalisation,” said Sujit Baksi, Head- APAC Business & President, Corporate Affairs at Tech Mahindra.

“Today around 93-94 per cent of our workforce is working from home. We see this as an opportunity for our industry to change the way of working and an enhanced engagement with the telecom sector, which has emerged as a lifeline, yet again. I am confident that the IT industry will bounce back in the second half of the financial year,” Baksi told the webinar on “New Normal: Impact of Covid on Business and Economy”.

According to Prativa Mohapatra, VP Sales at IBM India/South Asia, as the new normal sets in, leadership, decisiveness, empathy and teamwork will become more essential.  “The telecom industry has emerged as the nervous system and IT as flesh and blood in the current pandemic,” she said.

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The telecom and information technology will be key to survival and revival of lives and economy. Pixabay

Rajan Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the challenges also presents the telecom industry the opportunity to innovate and create critical solutions indigenously which can be globally scalable. “Our industry faces an unprecedented financial crisis and at the same time we require investments in our infrastructure so that we can be future ready to take up emerging challenges,” he said.

According to Prashant Solomon, Managing Director, Chintels India Pvt. Ltd and Treasurer, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) NCR, the lockdown has greatly impacted the real estate sector which is the second largest employer in India. “Operational resilience along with strong government initiatives, like increased liquidity and one-time restructuring of loans, are necessary to help the sector recover. CREDAI recently specified these requirements in an open letter to the PM and we are looking forward to further support,” Solomon said. “We are entering in an economy contraction of 5 to 15 per cent depending on the industry and this economic crisis is unique for India as we have not experienced something like this in decades,” said Aditya Berlia, Chairman- CII Delhi, Co-Promoter Apeejay Stya and Svran Group.

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“CII has immediately responded and is helping during the crisis but we know more can be done and will be done. The steps taken by the government are fantastic for the medium-term but what we require is something which can help businesses next week, not in six months. “We believe that in the next six months of this year Covid-19 economic issues will begin to be resolved, and then we will see things moving up,” Berlia said. (IANS)

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India Witnesses a 37% Rise in Cyberattacks in the First Quarter of 2020

The report shows that India ranks 27th globally in the number of web-threats

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India has seen a 37 per cent hike in cyberattacks in the first quarter of 2020. Pixabay

India has seen a 37 per cent increase in cyberattacks in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, as compared to the fourth quarter (Q4) of last year as a result of social media disadvantages, a new report revealed on Saturday.

The Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) report showed that its products detected and blocked 52,820,874 local cyber threats in India between January to March this year.

The data also shows that India now ranks 27th globally in the number of web-threats detected by the company in Q1 2020 as compared to when it ranked on the 32nd position globally in Q4 2019.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of attacks in 2020 Q1 that may continue to rise further in Q2 as well, especially in the current scenario where we notice an increase in cybercriminal activities, especially in the Asia Pacific region,” said Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher, GReAT Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.

The number of local threats in Q1 2020 in India (52,820,874) shows how frequently users are attacked by malware spread via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other “offline” methods.

Protection against such attacks not only requires an antivirus solution capable of treating infected objects but also a firewall, anti-rootkit functionality and control over removable devices.

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The high numbers of cyberattacks are likely to keep rising in Q2. Pixabay

According to the firm, the number of local threats detected in Q4 2019 was 40,700,057.

India also ranks 11th worldwide in the number of attacks caused by servers that were hosted in the country, which accounts of 2,299,682 incidents in Q1 2020 as compared to 854,782 incidents detected in Q4 2019, said the report.

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“We see smartphone users being targeted more due to mass consumption and increased digitalisation,” Sharma said.

“Risks like data leakage, connection to unsecured wi-fi networks, phishing attacks, spyware, apps with weak encryption (also known as broken cryptography) are some of the common mobile threats that Android users face,” he added.

“In order to mitigate some of the major risks like data breaches, targeted ransomware attacks, large scale (distributed denial-of-service) DDoS attacks, etc, businesses will need to allocate their budgets correctly to build a stronger security infrastructure,” said Dipesh Kaura, General Manager for South Asia, Kaspersky. (IANS)

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#ThankYouIndianRailways: WolfzHowl Partners Mavcomm Group to Launch a New Initiative

WolfzHowl has released a 1-minute 45-second long '#ThankYouIndianRailways' video

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#ThankYouIndianRailways initiative was launched by WolfzHowl in association with Mavcomm Group. Pixabay

In an effort to show solidarity with the Indian Railways which has helped lakhs of stranded migrants reach home via ‘Shramik special trains, consultant firm WolfzHowl in association with Mavcomm Group have launched a new #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative.

The aim is to contribute in spreading that light of positivity in these rather bleak Covid-19, the companies said in statement.

The #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative has been created to highlight the tireless work the Indian Railways has been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

WolfzHowl has released a 1-minute 45-second long ‘#ThankYouIndianRailways’ video on various social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter with a ‘chuk chuk rail gadi’ song as a tribute to the Indian Railways.

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The #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative has been created to highlight the tireless work the Indian Railways has been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Pixabay

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“Celebrating the achievements of our Indian railways in the fight against Covid-19 is a celebration of our own ingenuity as a nation,” said Kalyan Ram Challapalli, Chief Strategist and Founder, WolfzHowl Strategic Instigations.

“It’s an honour to be associated as partners with this campaign which expresses our appreciation for the stellar role played by Indian Railways in serving the people and nation amongst not only the Covid-19 situation but at all times,” added Anand Mahesh Talari, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mavcomm Group. (IANS)