New Delhi: Cyber attacks are among the key security challenges that India is facing and they could pose wide-ranging threats to key installations and cripple financial institutions, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba said on Thursda
Addressing a conference on homeland security, Gauba said that for countering cyber attacks, the security agencies have to stay ahead of the attackers and improve their capabilities and technology. “Cyber attack is one of the important security challenges that the country is facing today or the world is facing. The cyber attacks can pose wide-ranging threats to power grids, they can impact and cripple financial institutions, that can result in leakage of sensitive information and so on,” he said.
Gauba said individual organisations and the government have to enhance their capabilities and for that there was a need for regular threat assessment and enhancing of ability to respond.
“Generally we do good in assessment but the same cannot be said for readiness. Because readiness entails investment and expertise. We need sound legal assessment and state of the art technical capabilities. That is where the private sector and government agencies have to work together,” he said at the conference organised by FICCI.
The home secretary said that for countering the threat of cyber attacks, one has to have speed and agility and to stay ahead of the attackers, one has to adjust and improve.
“Expertise and technology have to be rapidly evolved. I think we must candidly acknowledge that this is not an area in which government has adequate in-house capabilities or expertise or inherent strength. Partnership with industry, partnership with private sector, partnership with academic world is utmost important,” he said.
Gauba also highlighted the phenomenon of increase in cyber espionage by corporates, by hostile governments to steal trade secrets and information to gain economic advantage or military advantage.