Thursday, August 20, 2009

Critical ICT Infrastructure Protection In India Is Urgently Required

The Infrastructure security trends in India are not very encouraging and to make the situation worst we have weak cyber law in India (IT Act, 2000). We have to develop technologies and capabilities to protect Indian citizens in areas such as power, transport, civil aviation, etc. Additionally, we have to increase the security of infrastructure and utilities supporting arms such as ICT, transport, and services in the financial and administrative domain.

Critical ICT infrastructure protection in India must be taken seriously in the larger interest of Indian citizens. Crisis management by improving security systems integration is the need of the hour and a dedicate effort is required in this direction.

Agrees Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and the Leading Techno-Legal Specialist of India*. He maintains that presently critical ICT infrastructure protection in India has not got the attention of national policy makers and there is a long gap to cover before we can protect our critical infrastructures. He opined that India does not have a good ICT Policy and this is resulting in weak cyber security, inadequate cyber forensics capabilities and poor cyber laws.

It is clear that India has to play a pro-active role in this direction to avoid serious damage to Indian infrastructure. The first step seems to be to make stringent and good cyber law in this regard as soon as possible. Thankfully, the terrible Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008 (IT Act 2008) has been rightly rejected by the Indian government and the same has “not been notified” to prevent further degradation of the already weak cyber law of India.

*Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law, is the Leading Techno-Legal Specialist of India and is an Internationally renowned Expert in the fields of Cyber Forensics, Cyber Security, Cyber Law, etc. Both him and Perry4Law are “authorities” on techno-legal issues like critical infrastructure protection and are internationally renowned in this regard.