Indo-China border clash leads to heightened fears around cyber security

"There will be increased state surveillance and monitoring. One can expect digital and cyber security breaches which typically happen after such incidents. One has to be prepared for huge breaches or cyber security threats on critical networks as ...

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It is important to note that cyber security threat has been an issue with India working from home during the Covid -19 crisis but now with increased animosity on the border, these threats loom larger, say experts.
The Indian government and corporates are gearing up to boost their cyber security, expecting booby traps, phishing, honey traps, leaked document cases to go up on the back of the Indo-China border clashes. Cyber experts estimate that government surveillance to shoot up to prevent any information hacks as well.

"There will be increased state surveillance and monitoring. One can expect digital and cyber security breaches which typically happen after such incidents. One has to be prepared for huge breaches or cyber security threats on critical networks as well,” said Pavan Duggal, a Supreme Court advocate and cyber law expert.

Duggal cautioned that India's preparedness is not optimal and has no dedicated cyber security laws for protecting critical information in India. "We will also see companies increase their budgets on cyber security expecting threats from across the border including China".


It is important to note that cyber security threat has been an issue with India working from home during the Covid -19 crisis but now with increased animosity on the border, these threats loom larger, say experts.

Dhiraj Gupta, chief technology officer at MFilterIt, a fraud detection and prevention company, expects the army defence on cyber security to shoot up with more eye on what apps can be used by the soldiers etc . "Phishing, honeytraps, booby traps on network security will increase. Operators will have to be cautious as well on network security and we expect more third party hiring of cyber security experts and auditors".

Mobile phone operators say they have adequate safeguards in place and no directives have come from the government on use of Chinese equipment or vendors.
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"Geopolitical issues should not be correlated with commercial issues. Government will take a call on the geo-political issues and companies using Chinese equipment and services must make their own call on dealing with them based on specific commercial interests," said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). COAI represents private telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel use Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE as their network equipment vendors in some circles. State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) uses ZTE to a large extent, and has recently approved ZTE and Finland’s Nokia for migration of as many as 49,300 2G and 3G sites to 4G worth in a contract worth a combined about Rs 2,300 crore.
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