Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) has already provided the cyber security trends and developments of India 2013 (PDF) and Cyber Security Trends and Developments in India 2014. In this work, P4LO and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) would be discussing the prospective Cyber Security Trends in India in 2015.
According to the research and analysis of Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research and Development in India (CECSRDI) managed by P4LO and PTLB, in the year 2015 we may face the following cyber security challenges in India:
(1) International Legal Issues: The international legal issues of cyber attacks and cyber security would significantly increase in the year 2015. In the absence of a universally acceptable International Cyber Security Treaty (PDF), the power tussle over Cyber Security Technology in forums like Wassenaar Arrangement would continue in the year 2015 as well. The Conflict of Laws in Cyberspace would further complicate the scenario and more reliance upon Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) would be there.
(2) State Sponsored Cyber Attacks: The state sponsored cyber attacks would also increase in the year 2015. This would include agencies and actors working on behalf of a state that is launching the cyber attack. Countries around the world are building cyber armies for this purpose and this trend may finally be a battleground for preventive defense and cyber counterstrike.
(3) Increased Malware: Malware like Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Uroburos/Snake, Blackshades, FinFisher, Gameover Zeus (GOZ), etc would further increase in the year 2015. India needs to develop offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities to tackle these malware. Cyber security breaches are increasing world over and India must be “cyber prepared” to deal with the same. The cyber security challenges before the Narendra Modi Government are not easy to manage and Indian Cyberspace must be protected on a “priority basis”.
(4) Cyber Espionage: Cyber espionage activities would also increase in the year 2015. The participating stakeholders in this regard would be state and big corporations that would try to steal sensitive information of their adversaries’ thorough stealth and sophisticated cyber attacks and malware.
(5) Cloud Computing: Use of cloud computing in India would be encouraged but it would not be used to the maximum possible extent due to regulatory issues. Further, privacy and data protection (PDF) issues would also reduce use of cloud computing in India in 2015. The Cyber Law Developments of India 2014 have also reflected this position.
(6) Mobile Security: Ensuring mobile security would be a tough task for Indian Government and various stakeholders in the year 2015. Indian Government is adopting mobile governance for various purposes. However, mobile cyber security in India and e-governance cyber security in India must also be kept in mind while relying upon mobile governance in India.
(7) Critical Infrastructures: Critical infrastructure protection is a big challenge for Countries around the world. Critical Infrastructure Protection in India (PDF) would be required in the year 2015 as India has launched projects like Digital India and Internet of Things (IoT) (PDF). Indian Government needs to work hard in this regard.
We hope our readers would find the prospective Cyber Security Trends of India 2015 useful.