CHENNAI: A day after Indian army carried out surgical strikes destroying ‘terror’ infrastructure in Pakistan, the National Cyber Safety and Security Standards claimed that its research team has cracked the official web gateway of Pakistan gov.pk gaining access into defence infrastructure and is on stand-by awaiting command to launch attack, if need be.
Additional Director-General S Amar Prasad Reddy gave this information to media on the sidelines of a two-day National Cyber Defence Summit-2016, where Cyber Mission of India was launched proposing to build over 15 National Cyber Defence Research Centres (NCDRC) and train a million cyber security experts to protect Indian cyber space from foreign attacks.
He made no bones saying they have penetrated deep into neighbour’s critical information and the Indian government is kept in the loop. “We now possess capability to shut down their digital infrastructure. We achieved this breakthrough two months ago after Pathankot attack.”
On possible cyber attacks on India, he said gov.in was secured with sophisticated honeypot computer security mechanism, which is nearly impossible to hack. However, there are several other government websites, which are out of this domain and are vulnerable. Hackers based in China and Pakistan keep troubling. Though there is a National Cyber Security Policy, not many states are implementing its guidelines.
“We are now insisting everyone to have a State Cyber Security Policy suiting their requirements. We currently have 1,500 cyber security experts, which should be increased to 10 lakh to protect critical infrastructure,” he said.
App testing framework soon
The Technical Head of National Cyber Defence Research Centre Arulselvar Thomas said a new Mobile Application Security Test (MAST) framework is being proposed that will ensure all mobile apps are safe and bug-free. “In the next eight months, we will roll out a series of testing tools in the open source that can be used by the public or even the service providers to make sure all the apps are bug-free,” he said.