PROMOTING SECURITY AND STABILITY
Both individual freedom and privacy are very important but it cannot be unqualified as everything overrides when it comes to the national interest and security, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. Kiren Rijiju said at an ASSOCHAMevent held in Ne
"Whenit comes to na tional security, I personally feel that national interest overrides everything," said Mr. Rijiju while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM Summit on Cyber & Network Security.
Pointing out that primary responsibility of making laws and policies rests with the Parliament, the Minister said "We are being authorised by the sovereign people of this nation, we have primary responsibility to frame laws."
"So all this scenario in which we live, we must understand that there are fundamental rights but equally there are fundamental duties," he added.
Mr. Rijiju also said that there is a huge gap in India's capability and capacity when it comes cyber warfare.
"During the briefings and understanding of how prepared we are with our security officers, I realise that the more we are exposed to this world more vulnerable we have become, I am not discrediting our capability but the reality is what is India's capability and what is our capacity, there is a huge gap," he said.
The Union Minister further said that it is imperative to narrow down this gap and fill it up to discourage cyber-attackers from misusing cyber networks.
He noted that governments across the globe have been discharging their duties and carrying out constitutional obligations but they alone can never secure the world.
"Governments can provide the cover security by deploying police and paramilitary forces but both private agencies especially the business communities and the government in the larger context are just partners and need to work accordingly," said Mr. Rijiju.
Talking about the need for spreading awareness amid citizens, he said that it is easier for countries having an authoritarian system to frame and enforce laws but that is not the case with India where there is rule of law and not rule by law.
Terming the launch of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) as a major step in in terms of securing the nation, the Union Minister said "Policing is not an easy job and as a large country, the challenge is huge."
"It is a huge jump in terms of our dream to secure our
citizens, assets and national security. It will be further linked with various authorities, judiciary in the courts, in the jails with all police sta tions of the country, and everything be it the name of crime, criminal, case should be ready at a click of a mouse thereby making our security system very robust," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for IT & Electronics and Law & Justice, said that the Government is finalising cyber security standards for telephones.
"Let me tell all mobile manufacturing units that your product must be security-compliant, there shall be no compromise on that," said Mr. Prasad.
He also said that IT and Electronics department had issued notice to most of the mobile companies manufacturing smart phones they were asked to furnish details related to cyber security. "I am very keen that cyber security initiative of India must become a lesson for the world."
He informed that in last three years 93 mobile manufacturing factories have come up in India with Noida emerging as a big hub for mobile manufacturing where 32such factories have come up.
"I have told the UP chief minister
alsothat Noida and GreaterNoida has great potential of becoming a center of software park, educationaland management hub and other commercial activity," saidMr. Prasad.
He also said that cyber enabled security testing is going to become a big initiativein India. "We need low-cost cyber technology and low-cost well qualified cyber auditors."
Highlighting the various initiatives being undertaken by the Government with regards to cyber security he said "Every digitally connected industry must have cyber security officerswho must be able to tell you what precautions you must take in an industry and business to keep cybercriminalsat bay that iswhat we are insisting."
"We are also insisting all banks to have cyber security auditors. We are unleashing a big challenge to have cyber security training, drills for officers, judges and policemen," he added.
Talking about the need to create human resource in field of cyber knowledge, he said that 44universities and collegeshave been identified in this regard.
"We are going to begin cyber security educational course as a big learning ground to make good graduates for future requirement," said Mr. Prasad adding that cyber security education is going to become a very good job giving education.
The union minister also said that there have been three phases of growth of India's IT industry, whereby in phase one Indian IT companies became the' toast of the world' while in phase two international giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter and others came to India considering it a huge market.
"The third phase is that of India's domestic IT initiative, startup movement which is growing very fast with 3-4 startups are coming up everyday," said Mr. Prasad.
"We have about 5000startups in India today and many ofthem are becoming unicorn companies i.e. Rs1,000crore companies like Flipkart and others, this digital ecosystem of India is going to rise and no one can stop this march," he added.
He also informed that since November 8,' 2016, the transactions of BHIM app and Rupay have increased from 3,700 transactions per day to 5.4 lakh transactions per day while in terms of value it has risen from Rs 1.93 crore per day to Rs 87 crore per day.
He further said that India's digital economy which is today worth $500 million has the potential to become $1 trillion in the coming 4-5years as digital highway of India is growing very fast.
N Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'bie Union Minister, Ministry of Electronics & IT and Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India with Mr. Sandeep Jajodia, President, Mr. Sunil Kanoria, Immediate Past President, ASSOCHAM, Mr. Jayantha Fernando, Director ICTA, Sri Lanka, Mr. Venkat Krishnapur, Managing Director, Mcafee India Center, Dr. Debu Nayak, Co-chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Cyber Security, Mr. 0, S, Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM. Mr. G, Narendra Nath, DOG, Security, Department of Telecommunications, Got, Mr. Anirban Sengupta, Partner, IT Risk Assurance, Pwc, Dr. Debu Nayak, Co-chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Cyber Security, Mr. Loshan Wickramasekara, Manager Information Security, Fincsirt, Sri Lanka, Mr. Sandeep Sehgal, Head Government & Defense, VMW, India, Dr. Siva Sivasubramanian, Global Chief of Security, Bharti Airtel, Mr. Samuel Sathyajith, Country Manager, India & SAARC, Arbor Networks, Mr. Merlin Lucas, Country Head, Chipcard & Security Sales, Infineon Technologies India,
Mr. Premjit Lal, Director, NeGD, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Gol, Mr. Sanjay Sahay, IPS, ADGp, Grievances and Human Rights and Cyber Security Expert, Bangalore., Karnataka, Mr. Vidur Gupta, Partner, EY, Mr. Vikash Khandelwal, CEO, SREIInsurance Broking Pvt Ltd., Mr. Saket Modi, Co-founder, Lucideus, Mr. Jayantha Fernando, Director ICTA, Sri Lanka
Mr. A. K. Sharma, IG (Communications & IT), BSF.