Saturday, January 3, 2015

Cyber Security Trends In India 2015 By CECSRDI

Cyber security is a complex field that requires domain specific expertise. As on date we cannot say with certainty that any particular country is fully cyber secure. Different countries have different level of cyber preparedness but India is lagging far behind in cyber security fields.

The cyber security trends and developments of India 2013 (PDF) and Cyber Security Trends and Developments in India 2014 have categorically proved that India is way behind in cyber security field than its western counterparts. Similarly, the cyber law developments in India 2014 are also not very promising.

If we keep in mind the cyber security trends in India 2015 released by CECSRDI, there are many complicated cyber security challenges that are waiting for India in the year 2015. Some of the areas of concern pointed out by CECSRDI are international legal aspects of cyber security, state sponsored cyber attacks, increasing use of malware, cyber espionage, cloud computing adoption in India, mobile security and mobile governance issues, critical infrastructure protection requirements in India, etc.

India has lax and outdated cyber law and there is no dedicated cyber security law in India as on date. In the past Indian government expressed its desire to enact cyber security breach disclosure norms but lack of political will resulted in lapse of that idea.

In short, the cyber security preparedness of India is not up to the mark. On top of it Indian government announced technology driven projects like Digital India and Internet of Things (IoT) (PDF) that also without any cyber crisis management plan of India and establishment of offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities.

It is also expected that malware like Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, etc would be used more aggressively in the year 2015. These malware are not only stealth but they are also too sophisticated to be detected by India. Let us hope that Indian government would consider cyber security as a top priority area in the year 2015.