Friday, January 21, 2022

India prepared for emerging security threats like ‘Cyber Warfare’ & ‘Biological Attacks’: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Delivering a keynote address to the 77th Staff Course at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shared his insights on cyber warfare and biological attacks and said the perception of linking national security to geographical boundaries has changed and the alignment & re-alignment of global powers add to the already changing security challenges.

“Today, the enemy no longer needs to enter the border. He can also target our security apparatus from outside the border. Alignment and re-alignment of global powers have added to the already changing security challenges,” the Defence Minister asserted.

The Defence Minister further added that the Indian Government is leaving no stone unturned to develop capabilities to deal with these new and emerging threats to national security.

“India is all set to face any changing security dynamics of the world due to the reforms taken by the Government of India, and emphasized that the Armed Forces need to be fully equipped and prepared at all times,” Rajnath Singh said.

Talking about the futuristic reforms in the security policies and paradigm shift in international security, Raksha Mantri mentioned the domains of Military power, trade, communication, economy, and political equation, which have seen the change clearly. In this era of globalization, no nation should be left untouched by these changes happening around the world.

In such a situation, keeping our Defence Forces’ preparedness in proportion to these changes, or should I say a step ahead of them, becomes our need, not our achievement. Change in security paradigm with time is today’s reality, the Union Minister said.

Establishment of Defence Cyber Agency

Recently, the Government of India has approved the establishment of ‘Defence Cyber Agency’, under the aegis of Ministry of Defence.

This agency works towards mitigating cyber threats in all three Services ( the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force) along with the establishment of dedicated Cyber Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Furthermore, the Government is formulating the National cyber security strategy, which is in the final stages of approval.

Additionally, adequate safeguards have been instituted in the form of Cyber Audits, Physical Checks, and Policy Guidelines to ensure a robust cyber posture of the Armed Forces of the nation.

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