Cyber terrorism is of growing concern and the Indian Army needs to be prepared to face the threat, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan said during a graduation ceremony with the College of Defence Management.
“From a mere external aggression facet, we have now moved into a new era of threats. Earlier, when we talk of national security, we always thought of as external aggression from across the borders,” he said. “But today, the whole concept of national security has undergone a radical change, though external aggression is still a major factor.”
Officers need to be capable of anticipating the threat rather than just reacting.
“Globalisation, convergence, networking, technological advancements, state actors and non-state actors, criminal-terrorist linkages have all together changed the security scenario today,” Pradesh said. “There is a convergence of interests among state players today against India. We need to understand this. There are proxy actors, there are facilitators to fulfill a common objective that is basically to destabilise India.”
One of the current needs is to tackle the issue of cyber terrorism he said. It is currently a relatively neglected area in India but the government is looking at ways to rectify this lack of methods and procedures to deal with cyber attacks.