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India is creating a comprehensive security policy to deal with cyber threats

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National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon has said that in order to deal with myriad cyber threats, India is creating a “coherent and comprehensive” security policy.

“(The) government is in the process of putting in place the capabilities and the systems in India that will enable us deal with this anarchic new world of constant and undeclared cyber threat, attack, counter-attack and defence,” he said at the release of a report on “India’s Cyber Security Challenge” by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

This will be a step toward the “coherent and comprehensive cyber security policy” that the report calls for, Shivshankar Menon added.

Menon noted in this context that while the National Technical Research Organisation is tasked to deal with protecting India’s critical security cyber infrastructure, institutions like CERT-IN (Computer Emergency Response Team-India) “have proved their worth during events like the 2010 Commonwealth Games when a staggering 8,000 cyber attacks were warded off.

“We are making a beginning in putting in place a system of certification and responsibility for telecommunication equipment and are working on procedures and protocols which will rationalize communication interception and monitoring,” he said.

Simultaneously, “we need to harden our critical networks. And, we will develop metrices to certify and assure that our critical cyber networks, equipment and infrastructure are secure”, he added. He pointed out the need to “create a climate and environment within which security is built into our cyber and communications working methods”.

Menon also expressed the opinion that the effort to enhance cyber security must involve the entire scientific and technological strength of the country, whether in laboratories, universities or in our private sector firms. Menon also called for a sea change in the method of dealing with cyber war as “conflict or attacks in the cyber world do not follow the rules or logic of war as understood so far in other domains.”

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