Center Of Excellence (CoE) For Internet Of Things (IoT) In India

Friday, January 25, 2013

Crisis Management Plan For Preventing Cyber Attacks On The Power Utilities In India

Cyber security for power energy and utilities in India is a major cause of concern these days. As cyber attacks are increasing against India, power utilities are also vulnerable to these cyber attacks. To effectively tackle the menace of cyber attacks against India, a crisis management plan of India for cyber attacks and cyber terrorism is absolutely required. A crisis management plan (CMP) is essentially part of the anti cyber attack plan of India that is presently missing.

CMP pertaining to information and communication technology (ICT) is also an essential part of national ICT policy of India. The other parts of national ICT policy of India are cyber security policy of India, critical infrastructure protection policy of India, critical national infrastructure protection policy of India from cyber attacks, national security policy of India, etc.

The position of cyber security in India is not very good. There us a lack of cyber security awareness in India. Techno legal expertise to manage cyber security issues of India is also missing. The critical infrastructure protection in India is not satisfactory and we still miss an implementable critical ICT infrastructure protection policy of India. The critical infrastructures around the world like power grids, nuclear facilities, satellites, defense networks, governmental informatics infrastructures, etc are vulnerable to known and unknown malware.

Cyber security challenges for smart grids and utilities in India are well known in India. Realising the cyber security risks of power utilities and sector of India, the Power Ministry of India has directed all state governments to ensure that power utilities are ready with crisis management plans for restoring normalcy in the “shortest possible time” in case of disruptions in generation, transmission or distribution of electricity. Indian government has also recently announced that cyber security awareness brochures would be mandatory for hardware sales in India.

At Perry4Law and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) we welcome this move of Indian government and we believe that this is a good step in the right direction. This direction must include cyber security preparedness on the part of power utilities of India as well, if the same has not already been prescribed. As on date, the state government regulated power utilities are grossly deficient in ensuring cyber security for their respective grids.

The proposed CMP for power utilities of India should also have details about “hierarchical set up at various levels” to ensure effective handling of crisis situations. Such plans would be applicable for both public and private sector entities. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has already written to all state governments asking them to prepare crisis management plans with regard to power utilities of their respective states.

India must develop both offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities that must be robust enough to detect and nullify cyber warfare against India, cyber terrorism against India, cyber attacks against India, cyber espionage against India, etc. Cyber security of banks in India is still deficient. The business community must also keep in mind the cyber law due diligence requirements in India. Cyber due diligence for Indian companies is now a statutory obligation and failure to observe cyber due diligence can bring serious legal ramifications.

Power grids and utilities cyber security in India and their challenges are not easy to manage. They require a systematic, dedicated and security oriented approach on the part of Indian government. In fact, smart meters are becoming headache for power companies world wide.

With the advent of sophisticated and specially customised malware like Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, etc critical infrastructures like power grids, nuclear facilities, satellites, defense networks, governmental informatics infrastructures, etc are vulnerable to diverse range of cyber attacks.

Perry4Law and PTLB strongly recommend that Indian government must ensure cyber security of energy and utilities in India as soon as possible. SCADA may be the new cyber attack priority for cyber criminals and rouge nations. We must ensure sufficient cyber protection of SCADA systems in India in general and critical infrastructure in particular.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cyber Security Awareness Brochures In India Mandatory For Hardware Sale

Cyber security awareness in India is still low among various stakeholders including software and hardware manufacturers, vendors, sellers, redistributors, etc. In a far reaching move, Indian government has decided to make it mandatory on the part of hardware sellers to provide cyber security awareness brochures while sale of such hardware.

Cyber security in India is of basic level. Sophisticated and complicated cyber security issues have yet to be managed by India. In particular, issues pertaining to cyber warfare against India and its defenses, cyber terrorism against India and its defences and solutions, cyber espionage against India and its challenges, solutions and defences, data security laws in India, critical infrastructure protection in India, cyber security laws in India, etc must be handled by India on an urgent and priority basis.

Reacting to various cyber threats, Indian government has prescribed the condition for hardware sellers to provide cyber security awareness brochures along with the hardware. Once implemented, every desktop computer, mobile phone, modem or USB stick will have to come pre-packaged with the cyber security awareness brochures.

The proposal is believed to have come from the a joint working group set up at the behest of the National Security Council Secretariat, which is looking at ways of increasing public-private partnership to strengthen India's cyber security preparedness.

However, hardware industry of India is not at all enthusiastic about this proposal of Indian government. They have their own fears and apprehensions in this regard especially those pertaining to logistical and supply chain management.

There is no doubt that the proposal given by Indian government is a good one and practical difficulties must be sorted out to make it an implementable one as well.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Cyber Security Awareness In India

Cyber security in India has been receiving the attention of various stakeholders. Whether it is private organisations and companies, individuals or government departments, all have realised the importance of effective and robust cyber security for their personal, public and professional needs.

Cyber security awareness in India is still at the infancy stage. There are very few cyber security research and development centers in India. At Perry4Law and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) we have been spreading public awareness about cyber security in India for long. The cyber security initiatives in India by PTLB are also unique in the sense that they are essentially techno legal in nature where both technical and legal aspects of cyber security are managed by us.

We hope these techno legal initiatives of Perry4Law and PTLB would prove useful to all concerned. If you are interested in online techno legal education, trainings, courses, skills development, etc of PTLB you may find the resources of institute for lifelong learning in India, e-learning in India by PTLB, virtual legal education campus in India, etc useful.

We hope our techno legal skills development, education and training courses would be beneficial for all the stakeholders. If you are interested in the techno legal courses of PTLB, you can fill the application form that can be downloaded from here. Additional information in this regard can be found here.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cyber Security Initiatives In India By PTLB

In this annual report 2012 we are summarising the techno legal initiatives and projects that have been freshly undertaken and continued by us. These include awareness projects, research and development projects, trainings and education projects and initiatives, skills development initiatives and projects, etc.

Let us start with some background information before we go into the details of our cyber security projects and initiatives and other techno legal initiatives for the year 2102. Perry4Law is the exclusive techno legal ICT, IP and corporate law firm of India and one of the few in the world. Perry4Law is the umbrella organisation and other techno legal segments are supporting it.

Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) is the leading techno legal segment of Perry4Law and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal ICT Training Centre (PTLITC) is the highly specialised and domain specific techno legal training provider of Perry4Law.

Both PTLB and PTLITC are managing the techno legal lifelong learning centre of India established by Perry4Law. PTLB is also managing the exclusive portal for techno legal e-learning in India and virtual legal education campus in India and techno legal e-learning centre of India.

Besides education and trainings, PTLB is also engaged in techno legal skills development in India and world wide, online dispute resolution (ODR) in India, e-courts research and consultancy in India, etc. PTLB is managing the techno legal and cyber security aspects of skills development, ODR, e-courts, etc as well.

We at Perry4Law, PTLB and PTLITC have been spreading techno legal cyber security awareness in India for long. We are managing the exclusive techno legal national cyber security database of India (NCSDI). We are also managing the exclusive techno legal cyber security research and development centre of India (CSRDCI). To supplement these cyber security initiatives in India, we are also managing cyber forensics research and development centre of India and exclusive techno legal cyber crimes investigation centre of India (CCICI).

Our cyber security initiatives and projects in general and techno legal initiatives in particular are moving towards global level. If you think that your organisation or you in your individual capacity can be a valuable addition to our projects and initiatives, you may find the segment of MOU and tie up with PTLB useful. Send us your professional proposals and we may revert back to you for a suitable business collaboration opportunity.

Cyber Security Training In India Is Needed

Cyber security in India is crucial for national defence and none can doubt about it. This realisation has come at a time when there are many glaring cyber security problems of India.  Cyber security challenges of India have become so vexing that even the highest level of Indian government has starting talking about it.

However, mere talking is not enough as it is high time for India to act. While acting India must not commit the conventional and classic blunder of procuring hardware and software and assume that its cyber security requirements have been duly met.

There is an urgent need to protect the critical infrastructure of India that is increasingly dependent upon information and communication technology (ICT) these days. Cyber security issues in India like cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, critical infrastructure protection, etc cannot be ignored by us any more.  

The cyber security reflections of India in the year 2012 showed a poor state of affairs in India. We have no dedicated cyber security laws in India as on date. Indian critical infrastructures are vulnerable to cyber attacks and we must ensure sufficient cyber security for the same. We at Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) are managing some very effective techno legal cyber security in initiatives in India.

In the present interconnected world, cyber security capabilities of India must be urgently developed. In fact, Indian critical infrastructure and cyber security challenges and issues have assumed so much significance that Indian government declared the establishment of National Critical Information Protection Centre (NCIPC) of India. It intends to ensure critical infrastructure protection and critical ICT infrastructure protection in India. 

In these circumstances, nothing is more important than having offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities of India.  The same cannot be acquired till we have techno legal expertise and skills development in India in this regard. At PTLB we are managing the exclusive techno legal cyber security skills development, training and education institution and centre of India. We are also providing lifelong cyber security training and education in India and world wide.

We hope our techno legal skills development, education and training courses would be beneficial for all the stakeholders. If you are interested in the techno legal courses of PTLB, you can fill the application form that can be downloaded from here. Additional information in this regard can be found here.

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