Although India is the fifth most important target of cyber threats, the country does not focus enough on security during the technology development process, National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) chairman Satish Chandra Jha told an audience of cyber security experts at the cyber security Nullcon conference at Dona Paula in Goa.
“What is the difference between Israel and the rest of the world?… Any product they develop they do consider the security of the product… Unfortunately, in our country, whenever we plan something, a majority of our industries have never kept security as a very, very important factor,” said the IPS officer.
NTRO, established in 2004, is housed under the National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office and focuses on intelligence gathering. Under the agency is the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) which focuses on threats to information infrastructure.
The NTRO chairman, also a former Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau, said India needs to be more proactive to common cyber threats, such as data breaches, supply chain contamination and “malicious actors using social media for violent extremist ideologies”.
“There is hardly any coordination among nations on how to police cyber space. And messaging applications complicate the problem even more,” Jha said.
Another NTRO official, Major General Sandeep Sharma, said cyber tactics have become more state-sponsored but executed by non-state actors in locations outside their home countries, making attribution difficult.
(The correspondent was in Goa at the invitation of Nullcon Conference)
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