The Indian military is battling cyber attacks with capabilities of the “highest standard,” according to Indian defense officials. The number and skill of attacks has increased dramatically, defense officials told the Times of India.
“The army is cognizant of the threat to its cyber space from various state and non-state actors. But our network is well secured in compliance with the highest standards of cyber security,” a defense official said.
The Indian military is currently concerned by the threats coming from Chinese and Pakistani espionage agencies, utilizing cyberspace to conduct espionage. The Times of India claim the Chinese and Pakistani hackers steal six million files daily throughout the world.
The Indians are also using auditing procedures to determine the survivability and security of their systems.
“The audit is conducted in accordance with established security standards such as ISO 27001. Audit of the network is a continuous and active process which helps identification and mitigation of vulnerabilities in a network to counter latest threats as also check the network for cybersecurity policy compliance,” an official said.
The Indian Army stresses the importance of personnel in defending against cyber attack, as technology only provides part of the solution.
“Indian Army therefore emphasises on the people and the process to achieve compliance of best practices in this field,” an official said. “Regular training programmes are being conducted to enhance user awareness and counter threats like social engineering and phishing.”