National cyber security architecture to prevent cyber attacks

by Sohini Bagchi    Jan 22, 2013

cyber security

Governments across the world are concerned about the security of their digital infrastructure. Several countries have established skilled cyber units to secure their core IT systems and networks. India has recently joined the bandwagon by announcing that it is setting up a national cyber security architecture to protect critical information, infrastructure and other networks.

“The objective for setting up and implementing a national cybersecurity architecture is to prevent sabotage, espionage of its core IT systems and networks as well as other forms of cyber attacks, which could otherwise prove disastrous for India’s development,” said Shivshankar Menon, national security advisor for India, in a recent statement, adding that the proposed system will involve monitoring, certification and assurance of networks by designated agencies and bodies in accordance with the law. It will also involve capacity and authority for operations in cyber space.

According to Debasis Nayak, cyber security expert and CIO at Asian School of Cyber Laws, “Its time the country needs a strong cybersecurity system to prevent the various kinds of sophisticated cyber attacks by hackers and terrorists.” He stated that the government had announced a series of measures to strengthen India’s cyber security earlier. However, the practical and actual implementation of the policies and guidelines are yet to be seen.

Nayak believes that policies can be best implemented effectively when they are made part of the national policies. From that perspective, the national cybersecurity architecture if planned and implemented strategically can help the country secure its most confidential data and network. The creation of such a cybersecurity system will also prompt the Indian government to revamp its online security apparatus for critical sectors in the country and meet the growing challenges of web-based attacks.

A few days ago, the government also announced cybersecurity to be introduced as a subject in universities and technical colleges in keeping with the recommendations of a task force on National Security System. The Defense Research and Development Organization (CRDO) is also working on its own operating system (OS) to reduce its dependence on global platforms, which it believe could contain security risks.

Nayak believes that such awareness among agencies will enable the government to protect critical information infrastructure and public networks with the ability to respond to the current security threats.