India’s national cyber security architecture on the anvil; India successfully test fires medium range K-5 ballistic missile
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  • JANUARY 21-27

    According to reports, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said on January 21 that India is in the process of setting up national cyber security architecture with the aim to prevent sabotage, espionage and other forms of attack that could hurt the country. The architecture to protect critical information infrastructure and other networks will involve monitoring, certification and assurance of India's networks by designated agencies and bodies in accordance with the law. "It will also involve capacity and authority for operations in cyber space," Menon stated. A national cyber security coordinator in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) will be responsible for coordinating the entire effort in regard to this structure, involving various ministries and agencies.1
    In another development, according to reports, India on January 27 successfully test fired a ballistic missile, with a strike range of around 1500 kilometres, from an underwater platform in Bay of Bengal. The test is seen in the strategic community as an evidence of India’s inching closer towards completing its nuclear triad. DRDO chief V K Saraswat told, "The medium range K-5 ballistic missile was test fired successfully today from an underwater pontoon and all parameters of the test firing were met." The development phase of the K-5 missile, which is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), is now over and it is now ready for deployment on various platforms. K-5 is part of the family of underwater missiles being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian strategic forces' underwater platforms. This missile will help India to achieve the capability of launching nuclear warheads from underwater facilities, which is a major achievement, since so far, India had the capability of delivering nuclear weapons from land and aerial platforms only. 2