Critical infrastructures like power utilities, transportation, banking systems, stock markets, medical institutions, etc are essential part of our day to day lives. There disruption for even few hours can cause great loss and discomfort. At times this may also result in casualties of human lives.
In these circumstances, critical infrastructure protection in India is needed. To achieve this we need a critical ICT infrastructure protection policy of India that must be formulated and implemented as soon as possible. Although a national critical information infrastructure protection centre (NCIPC) of India has been proposed by India yet no action has been taken in this regard so far.
It is high time that critical infrastructure protection (CIP) and homeland security (HS) in India must be taken seriously and effective steps in this direction must be taken. The best way to achieve this is to formulate a suitable techno legal cyber security policy of India that must include CIP aspect as well.
Some areas that requires special attention in this regard are cyber security of Indian satellites and critical infrastructure, cyber espionage against India and its challenges, solutions and defences, cyber warfare against India and its defenses, cyber terrorism against India and its defences and solutions, etc.
Cyber security in India and its challenges and problems cannot be effectively managed till we have robust and techno legal cyber security capabilities in India. We need a skilled cyber security workforce in India that can tackle present as well as future cyber security challenges. Cyber security skills development in India must be ensured to meet this objective.