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  • Cherian Samuel

    Research Fellow
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    Cherian Samuel is Research Fellow in the Strategic Technologies Centre at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. He has written on various cyber security issues, including critical infrastructure protection, cyber resilience, cybercrime, and internet governance. His recent publications include:Securing Cyberspace: International and Asian Perspectives, Cherian Samuel and Munish Sharma, eds., Pentagon Press, 2016; "India’s International Cybersecurity Strategy," in Cybersecurity: Some Critical Insights and Perspectives,Damien D. Cheong ed., S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore (January 2015);“Net-Centric Defence Forces: A Macro View,”DSA Magazine, July 2014;“Cyber security and National Development,”CASS Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3, July–September 2014;“Cybersecurity and Cyberwar,”Seminar, October 2013;“Prospects for India-US Cyber Security Cooperation,”Strategic Analysis, Volume 31, Issue 2, September 2011. His monograph Global, Regional and Domestic Dynamics of Cybersecurity was published in December 2014. He was co-ordinator of the IDSA Task Force on Cyber Security, which published a report titled "India's Cyber Security Challenges" in March 2012.

    Other Publications

    1. A South Asian Regional Cybersecurity Cooperation - Munish Sharma and Cherian Samuel(February 9-11, 2016)

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    • The 2017 Conference also comes at a time when the existing international discourses on securing cyberspace, whether it be the UNGGE process or the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), seem to be unable to cope with the accelerated developments in cyberspace.

      January 16, 2017
      Issue Brief
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press, Published on:

      This edited volume contains the papers presented at the 18th Asian Security Conference at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses held in February 2016. The authors, drawn from government, law enforcement, diplomacy, private sector, armed forces and academia, examine a range of issues central to cybersecurity. The chapters in this volume not only provide an outline of the journey so far, but more importantly, give indicators of future trends in cybersecurity from the vantage point of the respective experts.

      Contributions from Asia are particularly highlighted to promote and provoke greater discussion on perspective from within the region on cybersecurity issues.

    • While the Wassenaar Arrangement has instant recall in nuclear circles, it has only recently become a source of turmoil in cybersecurity, after the US Bureau of Industry and Security published rules that are applicable to cyber technologies.

      July 20, 2015
      IDSA Strategic Comments
    • The pressing issues around cyberspace revolve around internet governance, cybersecurity and drawing up rules of the road for the new domain of cyberwar. While each of these is at a different stage in its evolution cycle, cyberspace itself is facing a watershed moment as insecurities mount. The fragmentation of cyberspace seems inevitable unless there is accelerated movement on resolving the fundamental issues of internet governance and cybersecurity that have been hanging fire for well over a decade.

      Strategic Analysis
    • While Asia is home to the largest number of internet users on the planet, there is comparatively little contribution from the region to the discussions on cybersecurity.

      March 31, 2015
      IDSA Strategic Comments
    • Effective cybersecurity calls for a close partnership between the government in its role as custodian of the nation’s security, and the private sector, in both roles of information infrastructure provider as well as the provider of many critical services.

      December 31, 2014
      IDSA Strategic Comments
    • Governments find themselves struggling to deal with the issue of cybersecurity. Given the current state of play in cybersecurity, it is not surprising that any discussion sooner or later ends up as a confusing mix of viewpoints on fundamental rights, privacy, law enforcement, human rights, globalisation and national security, thus leading to a gridlock.

    • The 300-page report has 46 recommendations offering drastic solutions while addressing many of the issues in the wake of the Snowden revelations. The Administration has already rejected a key recommendation; that since both the NSA and Cyber Command have conflicting functions, the NSA should be placed under civilian control and should be split from the Cyber Command.

      January 09, 2014
      IDSA Strategic Comments
    • Chairperson: Shri Kiran Karnik
      External Discussants: Brig Abhimanyu Ghosh and Col S Burman
      Internal Discussants: Lt Col Sanjiv Tomar and Shri Kapil Patil

      July 26, 2013
    • Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge follows a long line of books that tap into America's preoccupation with retaining its pole position as the repository of cutting edge technology, and the resultant dominance this offers it across the political, economic and military spectrum. These books are a subset within the wider pre-occupation of responding to the rise of the Asian powers, and a shift of the geopolitical centre of gravity from the Euro-Atlantic to the Asian landmass.

      Strategic Analysis