General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has emphasised the need for a national framework to combat cyber threats, which have been on the increase in the country.
While a National Cybersecurity Strategy is in the works, the country also needs data protection legislation, he continued, since cybercriminals are increasingly using data as a weapon against national security in the post-pandemic age.
General Rawat gave the opening talk at the 14th edition of c0c0n, the Kerala Police’s annual cyber security and hacking conference, which began on Friday.
Sensitive information has been vulnerable to security risks as data has steadily moved into the open domain, with many companies allowing staff to work from home during the pandemic. The development of digital payments has also resulted in an increase in complex cybercrime.
“During the worldwide pandemic, cybercrime increased by over 500 % in India. We must examine new technology such as drones, ransomware, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as well as the involvement of national governments in cyber assaults. Our reliance on technology has grown as a result of the lockdown, which saw greater use of networked gadgets and a hybrid work environment. “This makes us more exposed to cyberattacks than ever before,” he warned.
General Rawat criticised the fragmented approach that prevailed in dealing with the danger, highlighting the risk of government officers dealing with sensitive material being attractive targets for cyber assaults. According to him, the National Cybersecurity Strategy aims to combine individual cyber expertise.
General Rawat said that the Information Technology Act of 2000, which dealt with cybersecurity and cybercrime, is unprepared to address modern-day changes in business models and criminal tactics in cyberspace.
The CDS also bemoaned the delay in passing the Personal Data Protection Bill, which was introduced two years ago in Parliament. “Data is the new treasure for every organisation, particularly for the dark web’s bad elements. The issue is of grave concern, as cyber criminals and hostile actors increasingly use the information to undermine national security,” General Rawat stated.
State Police Chief Anil Kant, Additional Director General of Police Manoj Abraham, President of the Information Security Research Association (ISRA) Manu Zacharia, and Executive Director of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB) Bessie Pang all spoke at the event.
Source: The Hindu