Over the past few months, a multitude of incidents have given rise to very real concerns about the level of IT security at enterprises and Governments, that were supposed to be at the forefront of this area. It started with allegations of hacking the US elections, then large scale data leakages from a well-known financial service provider and finally war plans being stolen. In India too, we have had our share of allegations of EVM rigging and leakages of Aadhar data. It is absolutely imperative that the focus and budgets of both enterprise and Government should be on security to protect their existing digital assets rather than advancements in other technology areas that would make them even more vulnerable. With major advancements in IoT, robotics, driverless cars & trucks, I shudder to think of the damage that could be caused by a rogue who can hack and control these devices.
Also, an increased number of natural disasters every year just emphasizes the need to treat our planet with the respect it deserves. Nonpolluting methods of transport, manufacturing, temperature control etc. need to be incentivized and polluting methods penalized for this to happen. Some countries including India have taken some steps and that is encouraging. However much more needs to be done. Each of us needs to promise our children that we will leave them in a better world than where we lived. On that note, I wish all of you a very happy Diwali and prosperous new year.