Friday, November 18, 2011

National Cyber Security Policy of India Is Needed

Cyber security policy and strategy is an important aspect of national security. Till now we have no national security policy of India. There is no second opinion about the fact that national security policy of India is required and the sooner it is drafted and implemented the better it would be for India.

In fact, national security of India is affected by turf war that is putting the entire national security at risk. For instance, Indian nuclear facilities may not be cyber secure. Indian websites are occasionally defaced.

Crucial computers at strategic government departments and defense forces are frequently compromised. The servers of national informatics centre (NIC) of India were recently hacked. This puts the entire governmental web infrastructure at risk.

A sound national security policy must have many essential and important aspects incorporated into it. One such essential component is cyber security policy and strategy of India. Till now we have no implementable national cyber security policy of India.

India’s national cyber security policy must be suitable formulated and immediately implemented. Further, Indian counter terrorism capabilities needs rejuvenation to deal with traditional terrorism and cyber terrorism. Indian banks are also not very good at cyber security and they are not willing to upgrade their cyber security despite the mandatory recommendations by Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

At the international level efforts have been streamlined to strengthen cyber security and global cyber security cooperation. Recently NATO requested cyber security cooperation from India.

Even at the individual level countries are strengthening their offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. In United States, the DARPA is developing offensive and preventive cyber capabilities. Indian defense and security against cyber warfare must also be developed.

It is high time for India to develop cyber offensive and defensive capabilities so that it can manage cyber threats like cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber espionage, etc in a timely and effective manner.