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  • India's Cyber Security Challenge

    India's Cyber Security Challenge
    Publisher: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
    ISBN 81-86019-98-7
    Price: ₹. 125/- Purchase Download E-copy

    About the Task Force Report

    Cyberspace as an independent theatre of war is about attacks that compromise the capability to use these facilities: they cannot be prevented by the security services in isolation.

    The defence of cyberspace necessarily involves the forging of effective partnerships between the public organisations charged with ensuring the security of cyberspace and those who manage the use of this space by myriad users like government departments, banks, infrastructure, manufacturing and service enterprises and individual citizens.The defence of cyberspace has a special feature. The national territory or space that is being defended by the land, sea and air forces is well defined. Outer space and cyberspace are different. They are inherently international even from the perspective of national interest.

    This report argues that Government and the private sector give cyber security some priority in their security and risk management plans, and do this jointly. Being a report that is addressed to the security community in the widest sense and intended to stimulate public discussion, it relies on publicly available information.


    Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Chapter 1: Setting the Scene

    Chapter 2: Cyber Security - An Overview

    Chapter 3: Cyber War - The Need for Preparedness

    Chapter 4: Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnership

    Chapter 5: Harmonising the National Legal Regime with the International Legal Regime

    Chapter 6: Recommendations

    Appendix 1: Proposed Coordination Structure for Cyber and Information War
    Appendix 2: Cyber Security Incidents 2004-2011
    Appendix 3: Speech of Mr Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, at the London Conference on Cyberspace
    Appendix 4: Selected Parliamentary Questions related to Cyber Security
    Appendix 5: Report of UN Group of Governmental Experts
    Appendix 6: IBSA Multistakeholder Meeting on Global Internet Governance

    IDSA Task Force on Cyber Security


    Dr Nitin Desai was formerly Chief Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, GOI and later Under Secretary General of the UN and Chair of the Multi-stake holder Advisory Group that organises the annual UN Internet Governance Forum.


    Dr Arvind Gupta is Director General, IDSA.

    Lt Gen Aditya Singh retired as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, of the Indian Army. He served as a member of the National Security Advisory Board from 2008 to 2010.

    Dr Kamlesh Bajaj is the CEO of the Data Security Council of India(DSCI) and was the founding Director of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) at the Ministry of Communications and IT.

    Mr B J Srinath is a Senior Director (Scientist ‘G’) in the ‘Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Department of IT, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India.

    Mr Salman Waris is currently a Partner with a prominent Delhi based law firm and expert on Cyber law issues.

    Mr Amit Sharma is a Joint Director in the Office of Secretary, Dept of Defence (R&D), Ministry of Defence.

    Wg Cdr Ajey Lele is Research Fellow at the IDSA.

    Dr Cherian Samuel is Associate Fellow at the IDSA.

    Mr Kapil Patil is Research Assistant, Pugwash India.

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