“Cyber India” lights and shadows of the country full of contradictions

Pierluigi Paganini December 05, 2011

The Economy of India is the ninth largest in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP).

The country is a part of the G-20 major economies, Goldman Sachs predicts that “from 2007 to 2020, India’s GDP per capita in US$ terms will quadruple”, and that the Indian economy will surpass the United States (in US$) by 2043, this are only forecast but give us an idea of the “India Power”.

In a scenario characterized by good auspices some shadows stain the incredible growth that has:

  • Corruption, it has been one of the pervasive problems affecting India.
  • Social disparities, limiting homogeneous growth of the entire class. This is a critical problem facing India’s economy is the sharp and growing regional variations among India’s different states and territories in terms of poverty, availability of infrastructure and socio-economic development

Obviously we in the West we have a completely different perception of the India nation and in particular as regards aspects of cyberwarfare we consider India an advanced country that can influence the cyber balances.

But which is the state of the Cyber Warfare Defense And Security Of India? I’m trying to answer based on my experience and comparing it with the reality described by some by some illustrious colleagues, all of a Priyanka Sharma, Owner, Cyber Laws In India Portal.

India is increasingly targeted for cyber espionage, cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, but its response to the same is not so energic. Consider that the India haven’t still formulated a cyber warfare policy and, as usual, the word cyber security, in the Country has no meaning. This is same problem shared with a lot Countrys, awareness and threats perception has low level. There is no cyberspace crisis management plan for a Nation that has been envolved in the main criminal cyber attacks of the last months, from Stuxnet to Duqu.  The scenario is so critical that NATO has requested stronger cooperation with India to counter growing cyber threats,  due the growing attacks are addressing Indian critical infrastructure. Even the cyber law of India needs many suitable amendments as it has become outdated.

India, like my dear Italy, need a strong political commitment to approach this critical topic.  The government has to much battle to fight with many objective responsibilities. This is resulted in sidelining of cyber law and cyber security issues and this is not acceptable for a country like India whom cyberspace is actually vulnerable to any kind of attack.

The Nation isn’t ready to respond to cyber attacks, Indian defense and security against cyber warfare is missing. What puzzles me is that if a major player in the global economy is so far behind on the cyberwafare front, which are the dangers that threaten the economics objectively lame and at default risk such as Greece, Portugal and the same Italy ? Too much High, I reply!

The good new is that India is that today India have of the most populated workforces of young generation in the world that must be trained providing them ethical hacking skills developments that government must encourage and subsidize. The same goes for law enforcement agencies that must be formed on cyber law issues. Presently cyber law and cyber crimes cases and not taken up by Indian police. In this direction some firms are moving, like Perry4Law that is the First and Exclusive Techno-Legal ICT Law Firm of India and one of the few in the World. It has already open the exclusive techno legal e-learning platform/virtual campus for courses like cyber law, cyber forensics, cyber security, etc for various stakeholders. Other similar initiatives may also be in pipeline.


The importance of the India is such that a must be developed a comprehensive policy to address the cyber threat in cooperation with major countries who have devoted more attention to the problem.

Obviously it is impossible to push on this front before being able to stem the problems listed at the beginning of this article, corruption and social inequality.

To pass this difficulties I think is critical to leverage the combination of:

  • awareness through training and dissemination
  • strong political commitment

I close my post with a bitter consideration … industrialized countries such as Italy, unfortunately, are now back again on the front of cyber security and cyber warfare, and efforts requested to countries like India should be an example … but I doubt it happens.

Pierluigi Paganini

Special thanks to Priyanka Sharma (Owner, Cyber Laws In India Portal)











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