WWIII: Cyber Threat

 

The biggest threat to Internet of Things is the lack of Cyber Security around the world. The national cyber security coordination centre formed in 2013 is an authority in India that lacks a start in an area, where the field is already being harvested.

 

Most recently the email account of India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha, was hacked. All he had to do was download a file and his system was accessible to hackers. Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Denmark and Colombia are some countries that reported similar attacks.

 

 

 

  • Cyber Hacking can happen to anyone, any entity but most prominently to people, who thrive on the digital medium for day-to-day activities or people at more serious position of authority.

 

  • Cyber Hacking can happen for personal or financial gains and to provide a threat to someone or an entire creed.

 

  • Cyber Hackers can play mind games, a principle that is similar to our conduct online while we search for a product or service or a vacation destination. Our searches appear and reappear on different pages long after we have claimed the product or availed a service.

 

  • Cyber hackers can use social media to play around and send hateful messages woven around our searches online.

 

 

 

Here are some quotes on the matter

 

‘Once your data is online, it no longer wholly belongs to you’

 

‘Internet’s IP address is like home address’

 

 

 

‘You are buying capability, but at the same time, you are buying vulnerability’

 

Did you know, ‘web-connected pace makers, insulin pumps, airplane control system, prison door locks, and even cars are at risk of hacks and hijack.’

 

 

India’s budget for 2016-17 allows 70 crore rupees to be set aside for cyber security. In a day and age where we are still figuring out the definition of ‘Digital’ and thinking of taxing non-resident digital companies while they make loads of moolah from Indian citizens, And while the cyber space still figures out the robot from the human, the responsibility of waking up and insuring us from cyber threat lies in our own hands!

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile App for distressed employees

According to reports, some Indian companies have adopted customized mobile apps to ensure timely and easy communication with their employees.

 

Through the app,

 

  • Employees can apply for attendance, leave and travel from anywhere in the planet and bosses can approve ‘On The Go’

 

  • E-learning & certification courses: Brain cells can be exercised by accessing these app friendly courses from anywhere

 

  • Directory service: Now grapevine will travel faster with easy access to every employee information

 

  • Goal setting: Make goals on the football field and see your company’s dreams come true

 

  • Internal communication: Newsletters, activity club, etc can all happen here

 

  • Feedback surveys: Your feedback is important to the company and so is the survey.

 

 

Through these apps, companies can create a Digital Universe for Digital Transformation within the company!

Paper-less Travel

Telangana government has launched an App that allows motorists to travel without documents like driving license, registration certificate and other related documents.

 

The M-Wallet App, first of its kind in India, allows digital certificates to be uploaded on the app. During checks by authorities, uploaded documents can be shown on smartphone through this app for verifications.

 

That’s what is called a digital innovation On-The-Go.

Ikea: Furniture that Charges Phones

The Swedish Furniture giant, Ikea has a digital connect.

Here’s How

The furniture with built-in chargers for your phone allows one to be anywhere at home or office and charge their phones on the charging pads connected to the furniture.

In the era, where we seldom discuss whether the egg came first or the chicken, here is a digital innovation that allows us to enjoy both amenities!

Cashless Transactions Now Through Selfie – Awaited

A system for mobile payments (necessitated by MasterCard) that lets you use your selfie as an authentication of the user. This is the coolest thing I have read in a long long time.

Here’s how

The idea is a rip off from the youth popular app snapchat that involves instant messaging through pictures.

 

I guess here are a few assumptions for the feature to be successful:

 

Make in India & Sell Online?

Made in India – Madhubani art works, Banarsi & Kota sarees, Darjeeling tea sold on e-comm websites like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart and ebay might become a reality.

The country has a huge gap between its artisans and their buyers. Lapses in distribution & marketing leaves this talent pool high and dry, benefitting only the middle men.

According to me, there should be a government led separate e-comm portal that manages ‘Made in India’ products. Else the same products could have varying degree of pricing in different portals, due to reasons like discount offers by particular website, time of being bought, differing rates of procurement from artists, etc.

India is a country, where shopkeepers will negotiate even for Rs 10 for a product and end up getting a better value than what an e-comm portal could fetch them. Tie ups with established websites would have to be strategically done – by eliminating middle men, making artisans net – savvy, else establishing a net servicing support system for such artisans around the country.

These items are currently available in state emporios.

 

Chopper for Uber Rich Pls… Serviced by App

Uber & Ola gave rise to a nation that can book taxis on mobile On The Go. We can now book 2-wheeler, 3-wheeler, food, groceries on that same app And make cashless transactions.

Here is another twist.

According to a recent news, passengers (specially high net worth individuals) will be able to book themselves with the help of an app – in a helicopter taxi – from the Airport to Bangalore city. The cost of the service could cost Rs 5000 to 8000 per person one way.

This could take a few months but will save a lot of time lost in commuting in a city that is (un)popular for traffic jams.

A service like this already operates in New York, Melbourne, Hong Kong & Mauritius.

 

Digital Leadership: Business-IT Alignment Model

Here is the business-IT alignment model in practice.

Source: Course on Digital Leadership, University of Reading

 

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This is how I interpret developing an efficient business-IT alignment strategy, that integrates and co-ordinate activities in-house and with external partners, to improve enterprise competitiveness…

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To crack the answer is to really get the perfect solution to the business-IT alignment strategy.
I still think it is the strategy that is important for any business.

Business -> Strategy -> IT

So you have a business model, you need a strategy for the IT to execute but here is a catch:

Business <-> Strategy <-> IT

Without a feedback from the IT (on that mobile app or an IT product), the businesses remain clueless about their ambition of the product.

Keeping the strategy constant, businesses and IT should have maximum two way interaction on ‘what’ and ‘how’, building and rebuilding a strategy.

{Strategy}
Business <————————–> IT

This is a constant process and healthy for the growth of an organization.

How to overcome challenges?

exposure/training to employees and managers on best practices and new technology through constant slide shows/ presentations/ interactions on updates in the organization

attending conferences around the world on availability and sale of new technology

testing of new technology by businesses and management to assess viability, budget and product alignment

to assess competitors technology and adaptability of same (eg: Coke & Pepsi)

brand nurturing and brand ethics: Keeping the product true to the brand value and name, considering environmental, local and global factors.