Thursday 7 April 2011

National Cyber Security Policy Of India

Cyber law of India is weak and so is cyber security of India. In fact, cyber security of India is in poor state. We have no cyber security strategy of India and this is resulting in a weak and vulnerable cyber security of India. India is facing serious cyber threats and its cyberspace is not at all secure. Cyber terrorism against India is now a well known fact and cyber espionage against India is even admitted by Indian government. Even defence forces of India need to upgrade their cyber security capabilities. We also have negligible cyber forensics capabilities in India and cyber skills development in India is the need of the hour.

Cyber terrorism in India, cyber crimes and cyber attacks against India are increasing because we have no national security policy of India. Further, we also have no national security an ICT policy of India. Obviously national cyber security in India is not upto the mark in the absence of networks security in India.

National Security Policy of India is urgently required and Cyber Security Policy of India must be an essential part of the same, says Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based Law Firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of India. Increasing Cyber Security Readiness with Adaptive Threat Management is need of the hour, suggests Dalal. Further, Measurement of ICT Resilience and Robustness on regular basis is also required, suggests Dalal.

Even cyber security research and development in India is lacking. We have a single and exclusive techno legal cyber security research, training and education institution of India. The same is managed by Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB). It is managing issues like cyber law, cyber security, cyber war, cyber espionage, cyber forensics, etc.

In order to ensure strong cyber security, Indian cyber security policy must be formulated as soon as possible. Critical infrastructure protection in India and Critical ICT infrastructure protection in India must be an integral part of the same. Further, national ICT crisis management plan of India must also be formulated. Indian crisis management plan for cyber attacks and cyber terrorism is still not ready and the same must formulated immediately.

Further, Cyber law policy of India and cyber crime policy of India must also be formulated. Data security and cyber security laws in India are also required. Presently, we have no data security, data protection, privacy protection and cyber security laws in India. Cyber terrorism preparedness in India must also be made part of the homeland security of India. In short, cyber security policy is needed in India and it cannot be postponed any more. The sooner it is formulated the better it would for the national interest of India.