Cyber terrorism is a concept that is closely related to national security and cyber security of any nation. While the definition and nature of cyber terrorism is still debatable yet none can doubt about the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for attacking crucial computer systems of others, says Praveen Dalal, India’s leading techno-legal expert.
Realising the importance of cyber security and a defense against cyber terrorism, countries all over the world are streamlining their defense networks. Some have merged their traditional armed forces defenses with technology driven security while others have established a separate and dedicated cyber security segment for themselves. India also needs good techno-legal cyber security for its defense forces.
India must urgently formulate good cyber security policy and effective crisis management plan. The issue must be taken at the national level and a national policy is needed in this regard, says Dalal. We have launched a centre for protection of human rights in cyberspace that is covering the issues pertaining to protection of critical ICT infrastructure in India, prevention of cyber terrorism in India, cyber espionage in India, defense against cyber war in India, etc. The centre would also provide suggestions and methods to prevent e-surveillance by governmental as well as non-governmental persons and organisations, informs Dalal.
Time has come when India must seriously take issues like cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber war and other rallied issues.