National Cyber Authority on the anvil: DRDO

BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 03:09 PM IST
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Chennai: Intending to check cyber attacks on government websites in the country, the Centre was evolving a National Cyber Authority to lay down policies for Indian cyber world, a top DRDO official said here today.

“We need to integrate the various cyber efforts across the country. There is a plan going on to set up a cyber authority — National Cyber Authority. But, that is still at evolution stage,” DRDO Director General Avinash Chander said.

“It would lay down policies and the methodology and then individual elements in the structure and actual execution would be planned,” he told reporters at DRDO’s Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) lab here.

Observing that cyber warfare has become a concern, he said “Malwares were getting into the system and corrupting it. Second was disruption of our communication signals. Another was attack on our economic. All these challenges have to be handled in a holistic manner.

One way was that we have to slowly ensure that all the critical infrastructure was trustworthy.”

DRDO was also working on the country’s own routers and security systems so that it can mitigate the cyber threats.

He termed social media as yet another “challenge” to the country, as its was witnessed in Arab revolution, orange revolution and many others.

“There also it is important that we are able to to control such inherent threats or internal threats. We should be able to isolate the threat from mixing with others.”

Replying to a query on the developing of Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark II, he said, “we have some problem with the missiles. All other aspects are fully cleared. We are trying to see what can be the best solution among the available options.”

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