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Sibal calls for strengthening global cyber security

New Delhi, Oct.30 (ANI): Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday called for a global effort to fortify cyber security, as he said that it is important to conceal vital information for countries in various sectors such as information technology, energy, power, nuclear installations and banking.

Interacting with reporters at the third Worldwide Cyber security Summit here, Sibal said that such security is necessary as online space doesn’t have a boundary and information could travel miles, affecting or influencing sensitive matters.

“Cyber security is a very crucial issue. All the data is in the cyber space and nowadays all important transactions occur there. So, it is very important for us to conceal certain information and prevent infringement. There is no territorial boundary in the cyber space. We also need to classify correct and incorrect information and filter it later. When we put information on the internet it is tough to keep a track of where it is being hosted. Hacking is another issue which has now transformed into a trillion dollar industry,” said Sibal.

He added that it is important to protect sensitive information and prevent it from falling into wrong hands.

“Every country has important infrastructure be it air traffic control. If a sensitive system is hacked it could be a huge national threat for a country. Energy and power nuclear installations, banking services are all very crucial information wise. Online scams in the banking sector can cause huge losses. This affects not only India, but the entire world and we have to find means to deal with it globally and ink a global agreement. I think India should take a lead in solving such issues,” said Sibal.

Earlier in August, India decided to appoint a cyber security controller in the National Security Council (NSC).

The recent incident of morphed images being uploaded on a mass scale to create panic in parts of India; has got the Indian Government in a situation where it has to learn on the job.

The cyber security controller at the NSC would be tasked with fine tuning filters and fire walls that need to be put into place to see that bulk text messages and websites that spread hate and violence are not allowed to spread in the country as it did in August leading to the exodus of thousands of people of North East origin to their native homes.

With the private sector leading in the development and adoption of Information Communication Technology (ICT), a need was felt that the government and private sector collaborate and work together to overcome the challenges of cyber security.

Keeping this in view, the government had set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) under National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) to work out the details of the roadmap for engagement with the private sector on cyber security.

The working group included representatives of both government and private sector. JWG had constituted sub-groups with representatives of government and private sector, to flesh out the details of such engagement.

The government would collaborate with the private sector in the implementation of the above JWG recommendations to strengthen the cyber security in the country.

India’s current economic, social and infrastructure development process is making greater use of ICT. However, this dependence on ICT makes the country vulnerable to cyber attacks that can have serious implications for both, the nation and economy.

This underlines the urgent need to address the risks emanating from operating in cyberspace. (ANI)