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Information security is the biggest challenge for national security: army chief | India News


NAGPUR: Army Chief General MM Naravane said on Saturday that information security is the biggest challenge for national security in the current scenario “which can have a strong impact on the economy and can also harm the government machinery.” .
In his virtual speech on the theme “India’s National Security Scenario: Past, Present and Future” at a function hosted by a university here in Maharashtra, General Naravane said that national security is not limited to armed security only, Rather, it builds on six other important foundations.
Speaking about non-traditional threats to national security, General Naravane said, “Information security is the biggest challenge for national security in the current scenario.”
“Cyber ​​war is one of the non-traditional threats. It is not the only threat to our information system, but it is also a threat to the leakage of sensitive information from our country,” he added.
“Today, government and private sector data is available online, and in this situation, a major cyberattack can have a strong impact on the economy and can also damage the machinery of government,” said the chief of the Army. .
He said that national security is based on six important pillars namely: “Army security, financial security, health security, food security, energy security and environmental security, which requires the effort of the entire nation.”
He observed that the use of drone technology has increased in the world to launch a precision strike.
“A heavy drone attack was witnessed in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia in September 2019 and a drone was used in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. These are examples that technology will be a major factor in the conflicts. The Indian Army is aware of these challenges and showed its capabilities in the Army Day parade that takes place on January 15 this year, “said the General.
The head of the Army highlighted other “non-traditional challenges such as the economic challenges due to COVID-19; changes in the environment, pollution, infectious diseases, drug trafficking and radicalization.”
“It is necessary to take a multi-pronged approach to address these threats to national security. Our Army needs to use its strategic, financial and legal power in a planned way. Our country is a developing country and has limited resources and has to do the allocation with a limited budget, “he said.
General Naravane also underscored the need to pay equal attention to infrastructure development and the well-being of citizens alongside national security.
“There can be no compromise on the security of the nation. When our land and sea borders (remain) protected, only then can we attract more and more investment to the county and create more job opportunities for people,” he added. added.
General Naravane also observed that the allocation of funds in the defense sector will strengthen the development of the country and should be seen as a “future investment.”
“Defense appropriations are therefore a catalyst for growth and should be seen as an investment for the future,” he said.
The army chief praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Aatmanirbhar” initiative and said it has been inspired by meeting national security needs through self-reliance.
“‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ has become a strategic necessity in the defense sector. New technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous and unmanned system, long-range precision technology, 5G technology, quantum computing and power systems need to be adopted. led. The Indian Army is contributing to this swadeshi initiative, “he said.
He said that “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” is no longer a choice, but it is an unavoidable reality.
General Naravane further said that each young student is an important and integral part of the nation-building process.
“There is a need to move towards providing solutions rather than finding them. Young innovators and entrepreneurs are bringing this change. Recently, a start-up company created by IIT-Bombay students, called Idea Forge, made cutting edge high-altitude drone. for the Indian Army and bagged an order worth Rs 130 crore.
“The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force provide opportunities for young people to fulfill their dreams and contribute to national security,” he said.

Times of India