Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Cyber War Against India: Is It Real?

The recent rumours spread through SMS and social media websites has woken up Indian government once more. However, just like in the past, Indian government is once again barking the wrong tree. Instead of improving the law and order situation in India, Indian government has decided to punish social media websites and intermediaries in India.

A large segment of Indian media community has labeled this unfortunate episode as an act of cyber warfare against India. However, this is not even near to cyber warfare as cyber warfare is a much more dangerous and nefarious activity as compared to spreading of rumours and false information through Internet.

According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of Asia, Cyber War against India and its Defenses must be ensured by India on a priority basis. In fact, India must develop both offensive and defensive Cyber Warfare Capabilities to tackle future Cyber Warfare attempts, opines Dalal.

Another area of concern pertains to cyber security of India. There are numerous cyber security challenges in India and management of the same must not be ignored any more. India's cyber security challenges are too numerous and we have not even made a start in this direction.

If false and misleading information has caused the trouble and havoc that we are witnessing one can assume what a full fledged cyber warfare attack can do to Indian economy and property.

It is high time for Indian government to consider and analyse cyber warfare threats against India in truest and widest possible manner other wise it may find itself in a much more sinister and  troublesome situation.