Centre for Internet & Society

The Centre for Internet & Society is hosting this roundtable discussion to identify critical vectors in India's Cyber Defense debate, and hash out next steps for a robust cyber defense agenda.

 Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are woven into every aspect of life in the twenty-first century. In India, individuals, government institutions, and the private sector increasingly rely on cyberspace for discharging economic, social, and political functions. However, as both states and non-state actors alike continue to engage in the weaponization and exploitation of cyberspace for reaping strategic dividend, India needs a strategy that secures its digital frontiers. As India firms up its cyber security strategy in 2020, critical discourse on response, detection, and publication of incidents, and governance of vulnerabilities, exploitation, and disclosure is certainly the need of the hour.

Recently, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu is suspected to have fallen victim to a potentially disastrous cyber attack. In September 2019, Kaspersky Labs published their report on the DTrack remote administration trojan, which is suspected to have been operated by Lazarus APT. After initially refuting claims made by security researchers, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited has finally confirmed an incident. The reason for the initial denial remains unknown, and the consequences of India’s defense posturing need to be re-examined.

Undoubtedly, India’s defense posturing needs to adopt multilateral cooperation underscored by robust technical readiness. The question is “What does the Indian government need, at the technical, legal, and policy levels, to achieve this readiness?”

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