HYDERABAD: Stressing on the need to manufacture electronic gadgets in the country, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, opined that import of gadgets can pose a security threat to the country here Saturday. “We cannot keep on importing hardware components and software from other countries and say that we are safe, We do not exactly know what is there in it,” he said.
Speaking at the All India seminar on ‘ICT in Space, Defence, and Industrial Applications’ Satheesh Reddy said “We need to build our own software and hardware devices to safeguard our country from cyber threats. Now we are importing things like mobile phones and anti virus software from countries like China and America . Recently we heard that the USA is planning to impose restrictions on cyber control.”
He further added that “ If someone tries to hack our system we need to be in a position to stop that. We cannot be dependent on other countries in issues related to security. Like this, there are many other fields and it is better if we develop them locally to be protected.” Satheesh Reddy said that more private industries need to take up research and development work.