Cyber security is a complex and unpredictable field and it is very difficult to provide a sure shot pattern for the same. Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) provided the cyber security trends of India 2015 that proved almost accurate. The cyber security developments in India 2015 provided by P4LO outlined the important cyber security incidences and events that took place in the year 2015. Overall, Indian cyberspace witnessed an enhanced level of sophisticated and stealth cyber attacks that India was not prepared to deal with. The main reason for this inability was that a robust and effective cyber security infrastructure in India is still missing.
Now Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) has provided the cyber security trends of India 2016 that has outlined the potential cyber security incidences and events that may take place in India in the year 2016. The crux of the 2016 cyber security trends is that Indian needs to stress upon development of both offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities. This include adequate cyber security measures against botnet, malware, zero day vulnerabilities, cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, etc.
Two areas where India has miserably failed in 2015 are lack of a dedicated cyber security law and adequate cyber breaches disclosure norms in India. As a result various stakeholders are least bothered to ensure sufficient cyber security infrastructure for their respective fields. Even if their infrastructures are breached, they do not report the same to Indian cyber security agencies. This practice of cyber apathy may change in the year 2016 as the cyber security policy of India 2016 may be introduced by Narendra Modi government.
The cyber security trends of 2016 would also witness an increase focus and stress upon data protection (PDF) and privacy protection in India. The Digital India project is suffering from many shortcomings and lack of cyber security infrastructure and absence of civil liberties protection are two prominent shortcomings of Digital India. If concepts like smart cities and smart grids are made digital without making them cyber secure, it would be a serious mistake on the part of Indian government. Similarly, if Indian government is peeking into the private lives of its citizens on every occasion, this would make India the biggest digital panopticon of human history.
Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) has launched two dedicated techno legal cyber security centres named Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research and Development in India (CECSRDI) and Cyber Security Research and Development Centre of India (CSRDCI). The prime objective of these cyber security centres is to empower India with a techno legal cyber security framework that is presently missing. We have urged in the past that Indian government must be serious about cyber security. We have also emphasised that Narendra Modi government must protect Indian cyberspace on a priority basis.
We hope the year 2016 would be a good one for Indian cyber security. Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) and CECSRDI would extend their techno legal expertise to strengthen the offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities in India.