The New Cybersecurity Policy and Digital India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the draft for a new cybersecurity policy shall be released soon, in light of the growing dependence on cyberspace by the masses and by businesses alike.
In a bid to move forward, this policy will provide a means for the entire nation’s cyberspace to be integrated, and for everything within the nation to work within this cyberspace.
This call comes with growing tensions at the border, as attacks no longer come just physically, but could also come in the form of cyber-attacks and data leaks.
Several projects to improve connectivity within India are already going on, including one that aims to connect 6 lakh villages in India through an Optic-Fibre network, and a plan to provide high-speed connectivity to the Andaman and Nicobar islands via a submarine optic fiber cable.
The PM of India has also set a 1000 day deadline to provide Lakshadweep with high-speed connectivity, just like in the Andaman Islands.
The first National Cyber Security Policy was released in 2013. However, with India having the second largest number of internet users in the world and with cyber-attacks becoming more and more complex and threatening, it is high time for an update in cybersecurity policies as well.
Government bodies such as NHAI itself have faced cybersecurity breaches in recent times. Therefore being aware of various kinds of cyber threats and cybersecurity measures right now is very crucial.