• The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, has stressed the need for a national framework to thwart cyberattacks that have been on the rise in the country.
• While a national cybersecurity strategy is in the offing, the country is also in dire need of a data protection law, with cybercriminals increasingly weaponising data as a tool against national security in the post-pandemic era, he added.
• Rawat was delivering the inaugural address of the 14th edition of c0c0n, the annual cybersecurity and hacking conference organised by the Kerala Police.
• Cyber crimes have gone up by almost 500% in India during the global pandemic. We need to consider the emerging threats from new technologies such as drones, ransomware, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and also the role of nation states in such cyber attacks.
• The lockdown, which witnessed a deeper adoption of interconnected devices and hybrid work environment, has increased our dependence on technology. This renders us digitally more vulnerable than ever before.
• General Rawat said the Information Technology Act, 2000, that dealt with cybersecurity and cybercrimes is not equipped to consider new-age changes in the mode of functioning of businesses and modus operandi of crimes in cyberspace.
• The CDS also lamented the delay in passing the Personal Data Protection Bill that had been tabled in Parliament two years ago.
Mains Paper 3: Defence and Security
Prelims level: thwart cyberattacks
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