Indian Cyber Security Infrastructure Is In Poor Condition And Digital India Has Made It Worst

Cyber Security Nightmares
Cyber security in India is never given a priority by any government whether it is Congress Or BJP. We At Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) gave early warning to BJP as far back as in 2016 about lack of cyber security for Digital India project. But till December 2018, Digital India is suffering from severe lack of cyber security and techno legal expertise.

But this problem is not unique to India alone. Countries around the world are suffering from sophisticated cyber attacks and malware. No country of the world has produce cyber security solutions that can handle contemporary malware and sophisticated cyber attacks.

What is worst is there is complete lack of a robust and resilient system where cyber attacks and cyber breaches can be handled by government in a time bound and effective manner. For instance, in India there is not a single online platform where stakeholders can report cyber crimes, cyber attacks and cyber breaches, etc.

That is why PTLB has launched the first ever online platform where national and international stakeholders can report cyber crimes, cyber violations, cyber attacks, cyber breaches, etc. The platform is available to all stakeholders free of cost so that access to justice can be ensured.

We are establishing an international techno legal framework also that would provide a groundwork for formulation of international cyber law and cyber security treaties. We have also launched exclusive techno legal portal for online dispute resolution (ODR) where stakeholders can avail our professional and paid services by incorporating an ODR clause in their agreements.

So there is practically no situation where stakeholders are left at the mercy of sophisticated crackers and cyber criminals. Even if your respective government is not helping you, we at PTLB would help you in all cases. These initiatives are part and parcel of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) and our commitment to society at large.

These initiatives are also a modest attempt to start strengthening of Indian cyber security infrastructure. Right now Indian government is focusing exclusively upon snooping and e-surveillance instead of modernisation of law enforcement agencies and developing modern cyber crimes investigation capabilities. There is no focus upon cyber forensics, development of E-Courts and an  Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) In India.

The online platform of PTLB has integrated all these fields into a single platform. So a stakeholder can report most complicated cases at the portal involving privacy and data violation, cyber attacks, cyber law violation and involving conflict of laws at the same time. There is no platform in the world that can manage these techno legal issues in such a comprehensive and holistic manner.

So do not suffer in silence and report all types of violations at the exclusive techno legal online cyber crimes and cyber attacks reporting portal of the world.

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Digital India Project Of Narendra Modi Government Lacks Cyber Security Capabilities

Praveen-DalalNarendra Modi led Government has taken many good steps to bring reforms in India. The harbinger of all these present and future reforms is the Digital India project that the Narendra Modi Government is pursuing very dedicatedly and religiously. We at Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) have always been very vocal regarding e-governance and information and communication technology (ICT) related policy issues in India. Whether it is the National E-Governance Plan (NEGP) of the Congress Government or the Digital India project of BJP Government, neither of them is free from shortcomings and drawbacks. We do not wish to stall reforms through unproductive and unnecessary criticism but we believe in genuine, fearless and productive criticisms so that limitations and shortcomings of various projects and policies can be discussed and eliminated in a time bound manner. Continuing this practice, we have expressed in the past that Digital India project is suffering from various shortcomings and it is heading for troubled waters. For reasons best known to Modi Government, little attention was given to these crucial issues. Two of such crucial issues pertain to protection of Civil Liberties and ensuring Cyber Security for the Digital Infrastructure of India.

There is no second opinion that Cyber Security Infrastructure in India is not up to the mark. We have no dedicated cyber security laws in India nor have we ensured that cyber breaches are reported promptly and to the appropriate authorities. Cyber security of banks in India is pathetic and despite many reminders from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in this regard, banks have done little to secure banking infrastructures. Critical infrastructures of India are wide open to national and international cyber criminals and crackers to be exploited at the most crucial and sensitive times. Sensitive Government computers are frequently breached by crackers and cyber criminals with little detection and deterrence. India has no answer to the sophisticated malware that are easily defeating the meager cyber security measures adopted by Indian Government.

India is facing increased cyber attacks and cyber espionage events and we have to come up with robust and resilient cyber security measures to tackle the same. We also need a techno legal Cyber Espionage Policy of India to safeguard our economic and military interests. At the same time we need a Tri Service Cyber Command for Armed Forces of India to manage cyberspace as a field of conflict. We also need the Cyber Warfare Policy of India (PDF) and Critical Infrastructure Protection in India (PDF) that are still missing as on date. It is really surprising that the all powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has done little to salvage this situation.

In a latest cyber breach, whose Authorship Attribution is to be ascertained beyond doubt, Project 75 has been leaked that pertains to Scorpene submarine. Irrespective of what Indian Government and the French manufacturer DCNS says, this is a very serious situation and is a clear case of breach of National Security. There is no gain in downplaying this episode as closing eyes is not equivalent to robust security. Indian Critical Infrastructures are continuously targeted and we must take this aspect very seriously. This is more so when we are connecting virtually everything through digital means under the Digital India project. We are attracted to fancy concepts like Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Nanotechnology, Smart Cities, etc with no concern for and expertise of Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, Cyber Crimes Investigation, E-Discovery, etc. The very foundation of Digital India is based upon insecure cyberspace and Narendra Modi Government must not take these issues lightly.

Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) has been managing many Techno Legal initiatives that can come handy to Indian Government. We are also providing our Techno Legal suggestions for International Legal Issues of Cyber Security so that Indian Government is well aware of International Cyber Security best practices and developments. We strongly recommend that the Narendra Modi Government must ensure robust and resilient Cyber Security for the Digital India project for the larger benefit of all stakeholders.

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