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

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"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.

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