Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Indian Cyber Defence Must Be Strengthened

Technology and polices do not go well in India. Policy and legislative issues regarding technology are never considered properly in India. We have a weak and criminals friendly cyber law in India, absence of cyber security to protect our cyberspace, inadequate cyber forensics capabilities, lack of legal enablement of ICT systems in India and so on.

The list is endless and there is no need to further add failures in the fields of e-governance, e-readiness and other ICT projects of India to this list. However, what is worrisome is the fact that Indian computers and cyberspace is highly vulnerable to cyber crimes and cyber attacks.

India has no guidelines and policies regarding crucial issues like critical ICT infrastructure protection, protected systems, cracking of crucial and strategic governmental computers and systems, defence force empowerment for cyber warfare, etc.

Even there is no protection against cyber espionage and cyber terrorism in India. This sad position exists in India because our Parliament did not find important enough to ensure legal enablement of ICT systems in India and to ensure strong and robust laws regarding these crucial issues.

What is more frustrating is that India is wasting crores of public money on illegal and unconstitutional projects that have been rightly rejected by countries like US, UK, etc. However, India found these projects worth trying and is eager to throw away crores of public money rather than utilising it for the real and effective betterment of India.

We do not need Aadhar project, Natgrid, CCTNS, e-surveillance and snooping capabilities, etc. These projects are just cash cows that few IT companies of India and abroad are encashing. We need real and effective cyber security and national interest oriented projects.

India is sleeping over crucial issue and is adopting absurd and unconstitutional projects for the sole benefit of few. Industrial lobbying has really taken its toll on the cyber law, cyber security and cyber forensics front in India. Let us hope India would wake up from its deep sleep before it is too late. Let us also hope that India would develop timely, effective and robust cyber security offensive and defensive capabilities urgently.