Showing posts with label Cyber Security Capabilities Of India. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cyber Security Capabilities Of India. Show all posts

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cyber Security In India: The Missing Links


Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner Of Law Firm Perry4Law.

Cyber security in India needs to be strengthened as India is increasingly facing serious cyber attacks. Clearly India is not prepared to tackle these sophisticated cyber attacks. At the legal framework level as well, India has not enacted suitable cyber laws and cyber security laws in this regard.  

Fortunately, some hints have been given by Indian government regarding strengthening of cyber security in India. In fact, a cyber security policy of India is in pipeline. India has ignored its cyberspace for long and for reasons better known to it India considered cyberspace and Internet as an insignificant area that need not to be guarded against cyber attacks.

However, India still has to cover a long gap before its cyberspace can be considered to be reasonably safe. There are many crucial steps that India must take immediately in this direction.

According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based Law Firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of Asia, Indian Counter Terrorism Capabilities needs Rejuvenation to deal with traditional Terrorism and Cyber Terrorism. Cyber Warfare against India is increasing and Cyber Security Capabilities of India must be strengthened to tackle the same, suggests Praveen Dalal. Cyber Security Skills Development in India must be taken seriously and dependence upon Internet Censorship and E-Surveillance should be forsaken immediately, opines Praveen Dalal.

Securing cyberspace is not a regional or national issue but is an international one. International community must also look towards harmonisation of legal framework in this direction as cyber attacks are global in nature. Till United Nations (UN) steps in and enacts “universally acceptable” international cyber law treaty and international cyber security treaty, this problem would remain murky and difficult to resolve. Further, nothing can benefit more than an international cyber security cooperation that is urgently required.

The incidences of cyber attacks, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cyber warfare, etc are increasing against India. We must urgently develop cyber warfare capabilities in India to thwart growing cyber attacks against India. Further, we must also formulate a cyber warfare policy in India that is presently missing.

Cyber warfare is also the reason why we need to ensure critical infrastructure protection in India and critical ICT infrastructure protection in India. In fact the growing cyber attacks are affecting Indian critical infrastructure. Thus, cyber security capabilities through techno legal cyber security trainings in India must be strengthened.

However, there is a grave cause of concern these days. Human rights in India vis-à-vis cyberspace are always ignored. Surveillance of Internet Traffic in India is now a normal practice informs Praveen Dalal. Surveillance of Internet Traffic without Procedural Safeguards is Violative of Civil Liberties of Indians in Cyberspace, claims Dalal. Big brother in India is violating Indian constitution without any check and balances in the name of national security and cyber security and this practice must be abandoned. Instead, sufficient cyber security skills must be developed so that cyber threats can be effectively tackled in India.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cyber Security Policy Of India In Pipeline


 Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner Of Law Firm Perry4Law. 

Cyber security in India has always remained in doldrums. India has not paid enough attention to either cyber law or cyber security related issues. Cyber security policy of India is still missing. Keeping in mind the increasing cyber attacks against India, national cyber security policy of India is needed as soon as possible.

India's national cyber security policy was never considered part of the national security policy of India. For some strange reasons India considered cyberspace and Internet as an insignificant area that need not to be guarded against cyber attacks.

India must not forget that 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.

According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based Law Firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of Asia, Indian Counter Terrorism Capabilities needs Rejuvenation to deal with traditional Terrorism and Cyber Terrorism. Cyber Warfare against India is increasing and Cyber Security Capabilities of India must be strengthened to tackle the same, suggests Praveen Dalal. Cyber Security Skills Development in India must be taken seriously and dependence upon Internet Censorship and E-Surveillance should be forsaken immediately, opines Praveen Dalal.

Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) are filling this gap in India and abroad. They are maintaining the exclusive techno legal cyber security research, education and training centre of India (CSRTCI). Further, techno legal e-learning courses, education and trainings by PTLB are also provided by them to make techno legal cyber security professionals in India.

However, international community must also look towards harmonisation in this direction as cyber attacks are global in nature. Till United Nations (UN) steps in and enacts “universally acceptable” international cyber law treaty and international cyber security treaty, this problem would remain murky and difficult to resolve. Further, nothing can benefit more than an international cyber security cooperation that is urgently required.

The incidences of cyber attacks, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cyber warfare, etc are increasing against India. However, in the absence of India’s national cyber security policy, cyber security in India is a neglected field. We must urgently develop cyber warfare capabilities in India to thwart growing cyber attacks against India. Further, we must also formulate a cyber warfare policy in India that is presently missing.

Cyber warfare is also the reason why we need to ensure critical infrastructure protection in India and critical ICT infrastructure protection in India. In fact the growing cyber attacks are affecting Indian critical infrastructure. Thus, cyber security capabilities through techno legal cyber security trainings in India must be strengthened. We must stress upon cyber security skills development in India.

However, there is a grave cause of concern these days. Human rights in India vis-à-vis cyberspace are always ignored. Surveillance of Internet Traffic in India is now a normal practice informs Praveen Dalal. Surveillance of Internet Traffic without Procedural Safeguards is Violative of Civil Liberties of Indians in Cyberspace, claims Dalal. Big brother in India is violating Indian constitution without any check and balances in the name of national security and cyber security and this practice must be abandoned. Instead, sufficient cyber security skills must be developed so that cyber threats can be effectively tackled in India.  

Cyber Security Policy Of India

 Leading techno legal experts of India have been maintaining since 2007 that cyber security in India is an ignored world. However, for one reason or other Indian government failed to improve the situation and cyber security remained a distant dream in India.

Even wake up calls to enhance cyber security in India has been given from time to time but Indian government remained indifferent as usual. There is no second opinion that national cyber security policy of India is needed. Further, there is an urgent need that cyber security capabilities of India must be strengthened immediately.

However, cyber security in India has not been given proper attention because even the national security policy of India is still unclear. When even the national cyber security policy of India is unclear, we cannot expect a sound cyber security policy in India.

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 defense and security against cyber warfare must also be developed.

National Security Policy of India is urgently required and Cyber Security Policy of India must be an essential part of the same, says Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based Law Firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of India. Increasing Cyber Security Readiness with Adaptive Threat Management is need of the hour, suggests Dalal. Further, Measurement of ICT Resilience and Robustness on regular basis is also required, suggests Dalal.

Even cyber security research and development in India is lacking. We have a single and exclusive techno legal cyber security research, training and education institution of India. The same is managed by Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB). It is managing issues like cyber law, cyber security, cyber war, cyber espionage, cyber forensics, etc.

Now some segments have endorsed the viewpoint of Perry4Law and PTLB and they have openly come in support of the ideals of ensuring cyber security in India. Even Indian government has given some hints that it would consider cyber security as an important aspect of national security.

However, this small step of Indian government took five years since experts like Praveen Dalal recommended strengthening of Indian cyber security initially in 2007. However, at least Indian government is thinking about this crucial issue and that is a good sign.