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  • Russia's Foiled Cyber Attack on OPCW

    Earlier this year, the Dutch Security services along with the help of British officials were able to thwart the plan of group of Russians to compromise and disrupt systems at the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). Russia's actions has brought to the forefront the grave reality of cyber threat that international organisations face today.

    July-December 2018

    Garvit Gangwar asked: How frequently India faces external cyber-attack? Which countries are prime sources of these attacks?

    Munish Sharma replies: On March 16, 2018, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in a written reply to a question informed Rajya Sabha (Council of States):

    “As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total no. of 44679, 49455, 50362 and 53081 cyber security incidents were observed during the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.”

    Why wait for the elusive tipping point in cyber?

    The UNGGE process is the least bad option to keep open channels and maintain continued focus on securing cyberspace.

    March 21, 2018

    US ups the ante in Cyberspace

    The US decision to elevate its Cyber Command to that of a Unified Combatant Command sends a strong signal to entities and countries inimical to its interests to recalibrate their security calculus.

    August 25, 2017

    The US Concept and Practice of Hybrid Warfare

    The term ‘hybrid warfare’ has been used by American military experts for more than a decade already. However, until recently, there was no officially accepted definition of the term, and, thus, an ambiguity existed over its meaning. As per the analysis of recent local conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine by the US political and military elite, hybrid warfare is a conflict where actors blend techniques, capabilities and resources to achieve their objectives.

    September 2017

    The Petya Cyber-Attack

    Most attacks prior to Petya were carried out by criminals for financial gain, but some characteristics of the Petya malware have led to doubts as to whether the culprits are state actors.

    July 13, 2017

    The GCC in Troubled Waters

     Gulf Cooperation Council  2017

    It is unlikely that Qatar will agree to align its foreign policy with that of Riyadh and to rein in Al Jazeera.

    June 13, 2017

    Mahesh Belavi asked: What is India's level of preparedness to deal with massive cyber attacks, and is there any dedicated organisation for this purpose?

    Arul R. replies: The level of preparedness to deal with cyber attack is gradually improving though there is much more left to be done. The framework for responding to cyber attacks has been put in place and is gradually being fleshed out through the implementation of the National Cyber Security Policy (NCSP) of 2013. Meanwhile, a National Cyber Security Coordinator was appointed in 2015.

    Assessing India’s Cyber Resilience: Institutional Stability Matters

    In this commentary, I will use strategic cyberwar theory1 to explain why India has a higher level of cyber resilience than several of its potential adversaries. Even if India has challenges in its government-led cyber defence,2 there are cyber resilience benefits to be drawn from the way Indian society operates, functions and is constitutionally designed and accepted by its constituents, independently of any cyber defence efforts. First, the concept of strategic cyberwar.

    January 2016

    Cyber: Also a Domain of War and Terror

    India, the IT nation, did not make a news splash at CyberTech 2014. That is worth a passing thought. Because cyber is the fifth and new domain of warfare, after land, sea, air and space.

    January 2015

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