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DSCI & PayPal Report reveals various success factors

MediaInfoline March 9, 2018

Data Security Council of India (DSCI) & PayPal India released a joint study- ‘Securing India’s Digital Payment Frontiers’ highlighting the current state of cyber security in the digital payments ecosystem. The key objective of this study were to analyse India’s journey in digital payments and its cyber security dynamics, prevailing cyber threat landscape, polices, regulations, standards along with the future trends and best practices at the enterprise level.

Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India said “I would like to congratulate DSCI and PayPal for coming up with this report. The report will shape various policies and projects in coming future”. He also said “To secure digital payments we have to focus on infrastructure as well as end user tools. It is also important for service providers to step forward in this direction.”

Rama Vedashree, CEO, DSCI said “Considering the pace at which Fintech Revolution is transforming India and the success witnessed in digital payments momentum, it is absolutely critical that stakeholders give attention to a comprehensive cyber security strategy and framework. We believe securing digital payments is important for reposing trust and accelerating adoption. We are pleased to partner with PayPal and bring our collective experience in cyber security & digital payments with insights, learnings and recommendations for enabling a secured digital payments ecosystem in the Indian context.”

Edwin Aoki, Global Vice President, Chief Architect and Technology Fellow at PayPal saidIndia has emerged as one of the leading and fastest growing digital economies with a clear vision of becoming a cashless society.  Enabling that vision requires strong foundations to build trust in the system and protect customers and the fintech sector from abuse by malicious actors. The cybercrime landscape is a rapidly evolving global threat, and the success of the industry requires investment in security best practices, training, and effective regulation. Through the study, we have evaluated the digital payments environment and highlighted the impact of cyber security on users to illustrate the importance of a holistic cyber security framework. With global expertise from our presence across 200 markets, we are geared up to help India secure the digital payments space.”

The study includes a perspective on the evolving digital payments sector in India including global perspectives on Fintech revolution as well as the impact of cyber security on various aspects of the industry. In addition to consumer best practices, key takeaways from the report include recommendations in the areas of public policy and enterprise security. Opportunities, threats and risks in the sector are highlighted stressing the importance of a holistic cyber security framework.

Key recommendation proposed are as follows:

  1. A long-term strategy for managing the dynamic global cyber security environment and controlling cybercrime
  2. Standardization of data protection laws and cyber security framework
  3. Comprehensive regulatory guidelines on technology risk management, payment security management and business continuity management
  4. Mechanism for encouraging threat intelligence sharing across the digital payment ecosystem
  5. Strong startup innovation program for cyber security and the Fintech industry
  6. Public-private partnerships for cyber security skills and workforce development
  7. Regulatory sandbox environment for cyber security testing
  8. Incentivizing Model for companies to make cybersecurity and data protection a priority for Boards and C-Suites

With advancements in emerging tools and technologies like cryptocurrencies, IoT, automation, machine learning, and analytics redefining the future and Fintech industry, the report recommends future deliberations towards ensuring that these technologies can primarily be used to transform the Indian financial services industry to make it robust, resilient and offer a secure experience.

India’s digital payments industry currently worth around USD 200 Billion, is expected to grow five-fold to reach USD 1 Trillion by 2023, as per a report by Swiss financial services holding company Credit Suisse. A recent report by The Reserve Bank of India stated that digital payment transactions stood at 1.06 billion in the month of December 2017. The Government of India is targeting to reach 25 billion digital transactions by the end of this fiscal year (FY2018).


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