'In­dia should be more aware of cy­ber se­cu­rity threats'

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IN­DIA should be more aware of cy­ber se­cu­rity threats and the time to act in this re­gard is now, an Is­raeli se­cu­rity so­lu­tions firm has said even as it averred that the two coun­tries have many com­mon "op­po­nents".

"I be­lieve In­dia should be more aware of cy­ber threats. I am sure that once In­dia will be aware of cy­ber threats, the nec­es­sary steps would be taken," Zori Kor, vice pres­i­dent of Is­raeli firm ASERO World­wide, said here. Stress­ing on the im­por­tance of hav­ing cy­ber se­cu­rity, Kor said it was "un­fortu- nate" that the In­dian pub­lic is not fully aware of threats in this field, which can even have a ripple ef­fect on the econ­omy.

"As the pub­lic still doesn't un­der­stand how com­plex the chal­lenge is, may be some de­ci­sion mak­ers are hes­i­tat­ing whether to take the nec­es­sary steps in order to meet the fu­ture chal- lenges," said Kor, who is on a visit to In­dia in con­nec­tion with an up­com­ing home­land se­cu­rity con­fer­ence in Is­rael.

"My rec­om­men­da­tion is to start deal­ing with it (cy­ber se­cu­rity needs) now be­cause it takes time," said Kor, who re­cently re­tired from Is­raeli Se­cu­rity Agency af­ter 25 years of ser­vice in a num­ber of counter-ter­ror­ism and pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity posts.

Adding that cy­ber se­cu­rity is not an area where one size fits all as the en­vi­ron­ment and threats keep chang­ing from time to time, he said, "If we an­swer only the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, it might not be good enough. We have to think what the bad guy's next step would be in order to an­swer that."

Talk­ing about the salient fea­tures of Is­raeli se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­i­ties, he said the coun­try be­lieves in part­ner­ship and in shar­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence re­gard­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal plat­forms for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity.

"We are in the same boat. Many of our oppo- nents are un­for­tu­nately yours as well be­cause we have good ideas and cre­ativ­ity and so do you. So, who­ever is try­ing to steal good ideas from us might want to steal it from you as well," he said while opin­ing that In­dia was one of the "few friends" that Is­rael had.

In­dia is now the main ex­port tar­get of the Is­raeli de­fence in­dus­try; how­ever, both coun­tries avoid re­veal­ing de­tails about the scale and na­ture of their se­cu­rity trade.

In 2012, the Is­raeli de­fence min­istry an­nounced that the coun­try's de­fence ex­ports stood at an an­nual USD 7 bil­lion of which home­land se­cu­rity ac­counted for about USD 1.5 bil­lion.

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