The 60th anniversary of Indian independence has come and gone. Our politicians have made their speeches for the ceremony and gone back to their pastime of dividing the country through various issues such as “Caste Based Reservations”.

At any point of time during the discussion of our independence day , the Prime Minister or the senior politicians have ever expressed a vision or even a stray thought about the requirements of Cyber Security for India.

It would be interesting for us to note that USA has already established a “Cyber Command” under the Air Force command. Cyberspace became an official Air Force domain in USA, like air and space, on Dec. 7, 2005, when Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley introduced a new Air Force mission statement that included the words “to fly and fight in air, space, and cyberspace.”

Presently, in India, CERT-In is considered as the nodal agency for Cyber Security in India and there have been some private initiatives to fight against Pakistani hackers. These are inadequate and in appropriate to meet the national security issue arising out of Cyber Space. Ideally they can be part of the national Cyber defense structure.

The increasing dependence of  economy on computers underscore the urgent need for a National Cyber Security Force in India. It would have been appropriate if  we had initiated some action when a technical visionary such as Dr Abdul Kalam was the Supreme Commmander of our armed forces. But at least now when Dr Kalam is free to pursue innovative independent thoughts, it would be appropriate for him to provide the necessary leadership in this direction.

Naavi.org therefore urges Dr Abdul Kalam to act as the coordinating force to take this issue of establishing a “Indian National Cyber Security Force” with a suitable structure of command that merges into the existing three security commands, Army, Navy and Airforce. In our opinion, Cyber Space command has to be an independent structure and not necessarily part of the Air force structure as in the USA. It can be the fourth wing of our defense system.

We invite suggestions in this regard at naavi@vsnl.com

Naavi

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