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Defence ministry ramps up preparation against cyber threats
By TOG News Service
Jun 19, 2018

TOG News Service, NEW DELHI, JUNE 19, 2018: THE Ministry of Defence organized a workshop on Cyber Security Framework for the Department of Defence. Addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the workshop, the Union Minister for Defence, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, laid emphasis upon the fact that the Defence sector is more prone to the cyber threats. Thereby, it became important to safeguard Indian cyberspace in anticipation of possible attacks.

The minister also offered congratulations to the Department of Defence Production for formulating Cyber Security Framework for DDP and also establishing Cyber Security Cells at various levels to handle cyber security related issues. She further touched upon the requirement of creating the work force in all establishments in accordance with the nation's vision to become a dominant force in cyber space.

Also speaking on the occasion was the Secretary (Defence Production), Dr Ajay Kumar, who emphasised that all Defence PSUs and Ordnance Factories were increasingly relying on Information Technology. However, any compromise in Information and Cyber Security in Defence Production environment can have far reaching consequences on effectiveness of our defence forces and national security. Therefore, it is important to establish a strong, robust and resilient cyber security infrastructure on priority basis.

Moreover, the Joint Secretary and Chief Information Security Officer of DDP, Dr Amit Sahai, explained that this one day workshop has been organised by the Ministry of Defence to bring in synchronised approach for cyber security based on frame work document released by the Department of Defence Production in 2018. The framework which is in line with National policies & guidelines, provides a common mechanism for all organisations to describe their current cyber security posture & the target area for cyber security, identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement and continuously assess progress towards the target area. It my be noted that over 100 Chief Information Security officers from Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA), Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), Directorate of Standardisation, Defence PSUs and Ordnance Factories are participating in the workshop.