Cy­ber at­tacks a com­mon threat: NATO

Southasia - - Briefing -

NATO has re­cently ex­pressed its in­ter­est in tak­ing In­dia’s help to as­sist it in se­cur­ing its com­put­ers from a com­mon cy­ber se­cu­rity threat from hack­ers across the globe.

NATO is of the view that it can col­lab­o­rate with the South Asian in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy su­per­power in pro­tect­ing the cy­ber world.

“In­dia has one of the most ad­vanced cy­ber in­dus­tries in the world and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­dus­tries. The is­sue of cy­ber se­cu­rity is one that af­fects the United States, NATO and In­dia no mat­ter whether we are aligned or non-aligned,” NATO spokesper­son told the me­dia at the al­liance’s head­quar­ters in Brus­sels.

NATO as­serted that the cy­ber world doesn’t rec­og­nize align­ments as a re­sult of which we are in the cy­ber world to­gether and equally close “whether we like it or not.”

A cy­ber se­cu­rity re­port ear­lier this year had sug­gested that the world­wide web-based at­tacks in 2010 were up 93 per­cent from 2009. As re­cently as July this year, ‘anony­mous’ hack­ers had tar­geted NATO in a cy­ber at­tack.

NATO has al­ready spelt out its in­ten­tion of hav­ing In­dia as a po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary part­ner coun­try, con­sid­er­ing its grow­ing stature as a re­gional power.

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