While India spends expensive resources in securing the cyber space, most commonsensical threats are totally overlooked by the entire government machinery, cautions Gursharan Dhanjal.
These are just a few very recent examples of cyber attacks. Reportedly, over 250 Indian websites including the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Railways and several Indian missions abroad have been attacked in the recent past. And, worse, the number and frequency is only growing. A worried Defence Minister A K Antony has asked the “top brass” to work in unison and make cyber systems as secure and non-porous as possible. This, in widespread recognition of the fact that cyber warfare and cyber security are fast becoming the next generation threats.
India is spending too much time, energy and money on sorting out issues related to cyber threats and somehow securing Indian cyber space. Instruments like the Digital Signatures, Secured Keys, Secure IPs, Cyber Laws and departments like CERT-In, and Ministry of Law and even Judiciary are all but working in isolation towards a common goal. In the process the most commonsensical threats are totally overlooked by the entire government machinery.