February 2, 2021


10:00 AM SST

About The Event

The Indo-Pacific Centre held its inaugural event, a webinar, on 02 February 2021. It was held in collaboration with the Howard Baker Forum, our Public Policy Partner and DXC Technology, our Global Technology Partner, and we are pleased to share with you the following video of the webinar.

Digital connectivity is shaping our modern world and while it is in many ways bringing the future forward, it opens us to a spectrum of threats and challenges. With the widespread use of the smartphone, digital interactions now permeate every experience and transaction for businesses and end-consumers alike. The shift towards increasing economic connectivity has increased the associated risks of cybercrime within the digital infrastructure landscape. Adopting preventative security and defence measures to operate within the cyber world is now a prerequisite across all industries and market segments, as breaches in cybersecurity can have devastating consequences. 

Covid-19 has caused a shift in business programs and objectives, with remote work and the uptake in digital services particularly e-commerce, having grown exponentially during 2020. With rising international business risk, corporate cybersecurity operations have jumped to the top of the list of priorities for many businesses that aim to ensure secure connections, prevent network threats and business continuity in the era of the new-normal.  

The webinar has showcased a recent ransomware incident that DXC Technology was involved in, demonstrated by Mark Hughes, Senior Vice President, Offerings & Strategic Partners, DXC Technology Company.

Our Speakers

Gaurav Keerthi

Gaurav Keerthi

Deputy Chief Executive (Development), Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

General Rajesh Pant

General Rajesh Pant

Cybersecurity Chief, National Cyber Coordination Centre, India

Hirai Hirohide

Hirai Hirohide

Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Senior Vice President, Offerings & Strategic Partners, DXC Technology

Our Moderator

Rohan Gunaratna

Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore

What to expect

During this webinar, we will hear from key policy leaders on how and why the need for a secure digital operation is essential. Assessments between the right technology systems and what the key components of a digital regulatory framework should include will also be discussed. We will highlight the extent of cyber crime that affects both the public and private sector, how this has changed in light of Covid-19 and discuss the possible technological solutions to cyber crimes.

Some of the pertinent questions we endeavour to discuss are as follows: 

  • What are the current trends and challenges in domestic cybersecurity that each country faces?
  • How has COVID-19 changed cyber-crimes, security and the landscape within which you operate?
  • What are some best practices and most effective policies in combatting cybersecurity threats?
  • What improvements can be made to digital defence measures?
  • What kind of role, if any, should bilateral and multilateral mechanisms play? Collaborations relating to cyber crime mitigation, risk reduction, incidence response and post-attack management techniques.