Cyber geopolitics, cyber geostrategy and information statecraft
Pukhraj Singh is a cyber threat detection technologist with 15 years of experience. His background lies in interdisciplinary analysis bridging cyber threat intelligence, national security and geopolitics.
He is the founder of the Centre for Epistemic Security, an Australian think tank undertaking doctrinal and strategic research on informational, cognitive, grey-zone and hybrid threats targeting liberal democracies.
Pukhraj is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers. He is also a master’s student of cyber geostrategy at UNSW Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy).
Pukhraj has held cyber security and intelligence roles at the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) under the Indian Prime Minister’s Office, Aadhaar, BAE Systems, Symantec, Verint and other crucial organisations.
At NTRO, he played a key role in establishing India’s strategic cyber defence capabilities. Pukhraj was also the first cyber security manager at Aadhaar, India’s flagship digital identification framework.
His strategic analysis has been published by the US Military Academy, Australian Defence College, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Indian Army and Observer Research Foundation.
Pukhraj has spoken at international security conferences. He has trained senior Indian military commanders, advised the top national security echelon on charting India’s cyber doctrine, and participated in bilateral diplomatic dialogues.
He lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife and son.
Pukhraj was also the founder of Abroo, a now-defunct socio-political initiative for the empowerment of the Dalits and marginalised of the Indian Punjab. He is an amateur poet and aficionado of Punjabi Sufi music.
2022: Australian Defence College: Counterpropaganda is not a dirty word
2022, Hindustan Times: CERT-In’s new cybersecurity directive is a misadventure
2021, Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Critical infrastructure legislation should also set the parameters of cognitive security
2021, Observer Research Foundation: The equities of telco cyber exploitation: 5G and the Huawei ban
2021, Observer Research Foundation: The SolarWinds hack pokes holes in Defend Forward
2020, Hindustan Times: SolarWinds: Cyber strategists are back to the drawing board
2020, Hindustan Times: On China, it’s time to consider cyber operations
2020, Infosecurity Mag: How the MSSPs can strive to be detection ninjas
2019, Outlook: A post-Kudankulam roadmap for India’s cyber deterrence
2019, Hindustan Times: An act of war in the Indian cyberspace
2019, The Centre for Internet and Society: Before cyber norms, let’s talk about disanalogy and disintermediation
2019, US Military Academy: A death knell for the international norms of cyber conflict
2019, The Quint: US-Iran tensions: What Indian cyber commanders can learn
2019, Deccan Herald: Gerasimov of South Asia
2019, The Tribune: Nations should strive for cognitive security
2018, The Tribune: We should all have something to hide
2018, The Tribune: There is continual war in cyberspace
2018, The Tribune: Digital privacy and the illusion of choice
2018, The Tribune: Digital privacy is a Faustian bargain
2018, The Indian Express: When code is law
2017, DEFCOM: A Journal of the Indian Army: Cyberspace as a theatre of ‘nonlinear war‘
2016: Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies: Cyber, Darkly
2013, Seminar: Thinking offensively!
2011, Jindal Journal of International Affairs: Battle-ready for the fifth dimension: Assessing India’s cyber-defence preparedness
2021, DynamicCISO Summit: The empirical paradoxes of cybersecurity
2021, CyFy: 5G, 6G and beyond: How to secure the Internet?
2019, College of Air Warfare, Indian Air Force: In cyber, the generals should lead from behind
2019, ITWeb Security Summit, South Africa: Politics and power in cybersecurity
2019, Headquarters of the Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, India: Synergy in joint cyber operations
2018, Signals Intelligence Directorate, Indian Army: Understanding the physics of cyber operations
2018, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses: The digital age, cyber space, and social media: The challenges of security and radicalization
2018, Rootconf: The death of enterprise security as we know it
2012, Nullcon: Shall we dust China? The geo-strategic realities of cyberwar