Hyderabad: Cyberspace has emerged as the fifth domain after land, air, sea and space from defence perspective. India has recognised cyber warfare as a means to protect country’s economy from danger. However, cyber security experts say vulnerabilities are growing and mechanisms to counter are the need of the hour.
Dr Ghulshan Rai, special secretary, National Security Coordinator says, the world has seen both innovations and disruptions in the cyber space. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter have brought in technology disruptions. Indian tech companies such as Infosys, TCS, Flipkart, Paytm and Ola are changing the technology landscape.
Technology disruptions are increasing vulnerabilities in the cyber space and things are becoming complex. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are changing how IT worked earlier. The usage of internet of things (IoT) devices is on rise. Social media is being used for both constructive and destructive purposes.
Lt General VG Khandare says, “Every smart device or technology has certain vulnerability that the users should be aware of. The world is entering into fifth generation warfare where war is not going to be declared and fought.”
Experts note that cyber-espionage today is more data-centric. Data monetisation has become the main driver in technology space and is more valuable than oil. One can sell oil to an end user only once but the same data can be sold to many.