Monday, January 24, 2011

Cyber Security Research And Development Needed In India

Cyber security is one of the aspects that India cannot ignore. In fact, it is so important that we must have a dedicated cyber security policy of India. This policy must outline the strategies regarding cyber security, its adoption and use and its growth and development in India.

Any good cyber security policy must have at least two components. These are adoption of good cyber security practices and further growth and development of cyber security capabilities. India is lax on both these counts.

Further, cyber security should not be confined to mere technical aspects of computer security. Cyber security is both technical as well as legal in nature. In other words, cyber security must be techno legal in nature. We have no legal framework for cyber security in India. Even our cyber law is a weak and ineffective legislation to deal with growing cyber crimes and cyber attacks.

We have a single techno legal cyber security research and training centre in India (CSRTCI). It is managed by Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB), the leading techno legal institution of India.

CSRTCI is providing techno legal research and training in the fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, anti cyber espionage, anti cyber terrorism, anti cyber warfare, etc.

Online training is also provided by PTLB in various techno legal courses, including cyber security and cyber forensics.

India must develop research and development capabilities in cyber security field. Indian cyberspace is vulnerable to cyber crimes and cyber attacks. Website defacements, e-mail accounts cracking, cyber espionage by foreign countries, malware infection of crucial governmental computer networks, etc have already happened in Indian cyberspace. It is high time for us to take cyber security research and development in India seriously.