AP and Mastercard host cybersecurity summit

The Government of Andhra Pradesh and Mastercard today held the Andhra Pradesh Cybersecurity Summit at Fintech Valley, Vizag to share strategies and solutions to combat the growing cyber threats in India and globally.

The summit convened more than 450 delegates, representing regulatory and law enforcement agencies, think tanks, start-ups, consultants, academia, and technology and cybersecurity companies.

A. Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary & IT Advisor to the Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh; and Ravi Aurora, Executive Director, Community Relations and Public Policy, Mastercard kicked off the summit with welcome remarks.

During a panel discussion on smart cities and IoT, Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India stressed on the significance of big data, advanced analytics and other innovations to ensure safety and security of smart cities. The attendees also had the opportunity to gain practical understanding through applied cybersecurity solution demonstrations.

Speaking at the summit, Nara Lokesh, Minister of Information and Technology, Andhra Pradesh said, “Andhra Pradesh has been a pioneer in implementing digital solutions for delivery of public services and creating a global fintech ecosystem. Therefore, cybersecurity for individuals and businesses is a high priority for the Government of Andhra Pradesh.”

Ravi Aurora, Executive Director, Community Relations and Public Policy, Mastercard said, “We feel that this summit has played a pivotal role in building awareness about cybersecurity. We are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for providing us the opportunity to work together through the Andhra Pradesh Cybersecurity Summit and share learnings that help prevent digital fraud and protect businesses and individuals.”

Mastercard uses its digital technologies and security protocols to make payments simpler, faster, and safer for both consumers and merchants. Mastercard has dedicated more than $1 billion to reinforce product design and multiple layers of security.


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