Monday, August 13, 2012

India's Cyber Security Challenges

Cyber security issues of India require special attention of Indian government. Indian government has started paying attention to some aspects of cyber security requirements of India. However, we have still to cover a long gap in this direction.

Cyber security challenges in India come from diverse activities and so cyber security in India and its challenges and problems require dedicated efforts by our government. For instance, critical infrastructure protection in India is one of the areas that must be considered on a priority basis. We must also understand the cyber security challenges for the smart grids in India.

We have no critical ICT infrastructure protection policy of India  as well. Sophisticated malware like Stuxnet and Duqu 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.

Related fields like mobile banking cyber security in India also need to be analysed in depth. As on date we have no implementable mobile governance in India and mobile governance policy in India. Even cyber security of banks in India is not satisfactory at all. Recently, RBI warned Indian banks for inadequate cyber security. Naturally, exploring the option of mobile banking in India is risky in these situations. This is so because mobile banking cyber security in India is missing and mobile banking cyber security is required in India.

The major problem with Indian cyber security initiatives is that India is launching various projects and initiatives without considering their cyber security aspects. This is a bad policy decision as we are launching projects that are affecting our lives that also without adequate cyber security safeguards.

We need a techno legal cyber security policy of India that can tackle the challenges of present cyber attacks and cyber crimes. Such a cyber security policy of India must consider all the abovementioned aspects in detail and ensure both offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities for India.

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