Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cyber Security Initiatives Of India

The cyber security landscape for India is undergoing a fast change. Thanks to some very good techno legal initiatives by private cyber security players of India, cyber security of India is back on track.

For instance, Perry4Law techno Legal Base (PTLB) has launched many far reaching and significant techno legal cyber security initiatives in India. The cyber security research and development centre of India (CSRDCI) is the exclusive techno legal cyber security centre of India managed by PTLB. Similarly, PTLB is also managing the exclusive techno legal national cyber security database of India (NCSDI) that is the exclusive techno legal database of cyber and information security professionals of India.
However, there are many more cyber security issues in India that are still required to be addressed by our policy makers. Cyber security in India and its challenges and problems are too vast to be managed by a single organisation or even by Indian government.

According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of Perry4Law and CEO of PTLB, Sophisticated Malware like Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, etc have already proved that Critical Infrastructures around the World like Power Grids, Nuclear Facilities, Satellites, Defense Networks, Governmental Informatics Infrastructures, etc are vulnerable to diverse range of Cyber Attacks. The truth is that Cyber Attacks are affecting Indian Critical Infrastructure and we are not even aware of the same.

There is no doubt that managing India’s cyber security problems, issues and challenges is not an easy task rather it is a mammoth task to achieve. Critical infrastructure protection in India is urgently needed. Even Indian government has realised this fact and it has announced the establishment of national critical information infrastructure protection centre (NCIPC) of India.  

The department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) has already proposed a central monitoring system (CMS) project of India to monitor and intercept electronic communications, messages and information. Further, a national telecom network security coordination board (NTNSCB) of India has also been proposed to strengthen the national telecom security of India.

Similarly, the home ministry of India has also launched national intelligence grid (Natgrid) project of India, crime and criminal tracking networks and systems (CCTNS) project of India, national counter terrorism centre (NCTC) of India, etc. These projects intend to strengthen the intelligence gathering and counter terrorism capabilities of India. These projects also intend to strengthen the cyber security of India as well.

The cyber security capabilities of India must be strengthened. Both offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities of India must be developed. This can be done by ensuring cyber security skills and capabilities development in India. We have to train our manpower in a techno legal manner keeping in kind the contemporary cyber security requirements. Let us hope for the best in this regard.