Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cyber Security Of India Under Transformation

This is the updated version of the article posted by my colleague Catherine Fernandes. For some technical reasons the article has failed to appear at Google news. We are reposting the same here for the larger benefit of our readers.

Our readers must be well aware of the cyber security environment of India that has been passing through a stage of transformation. From complete apathy to giving cyber security a serious consideration, we have witnesses many stages in India.

While discussing cyber security of India is a good sign for Indian cyber security yet we have already done enough talks and it is the actual implementation of cyber security initiatives that is required at this stage.

Indian government has already decided to adopt public private partnership (PPP) model to implement its cyber security initiatives. This is a good decision as no government of the world can possess on its own the requisite cyber security expertise to manage growing cyber threats.

Serious cyber threats have been threatening the critical infrastructures of India and there is a dire need to manage critical infrastructure protection in India. For instance, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber espionage, etc are some cyber threats where we need to develop both offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities in India. Further, cyber security skills development in India is also needed.

While Indian government has ignored cyber security of India for long yet some private players have been playing a pro active role in this regard. For instance, Perry4Law, Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) and Perry4Law Techno Legal ICT Training Centre (PTLITC) have launched exclusive techno legal cyber forensics research centre of India, cyber security research centre of India and cyber crimes investigation centre of India for long.

These centers would help in modernisation of police force of India and fighting against cyber crimes, cyber attacks and other menaces of cyberspace. Further, cyber crimes investigation training in India by PTLB can also be helpful. In short, cyber security in India has been rejuvenated by private players that further needs governmental support.

The starting point can be formulation of an effective cyber security policy of India that must be actually implemented at grass root levels. No matter howsoever good the intentions and announcements may be they are useless if they are not implemented in a timely and effective manner. India government must take help of techno legal institutions like PTLB and PTLITC to effectively manage its cyber security related tasks.