The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, has said that China is capable of cyber attacks against India and a mechanism is being read to counter any such move.
In his address at the Vivekananda International Foundation on Wednesday, Rawat said India’s leadership has demonstrated political will and determination in maintaining vital national interests in the wake of an ‘unprovoked attack on the security and reputation of the country’. His remarks are seen in the context of a deadlock with China in eastern Ladakh.
Rawat said that China has the advantage of the first movers as India was slow to adopt cyber warfare capabilities, which has led to gaps.
In response to a question, the CDS said that the biggest gaps between India and China lie in the cyber sector. Also, he said that the neighboring country has invested a lot in new technology. General Rawat said that in the last few years, the gap between capabilities between the two countries has increased and in technology, China has become a ‘leader’ over India. “We know that China is capable of cyber attack on us and it can destroy our system in a big way. We are trying to build a system that will ensure cyber defense,” he said.
He said that the country is facing various security threats and challenges, ranging from indirect warfare to ‘hybrid’ and non-contact conventional warfare. General Rawat said that India should develop the ability to deal with such challenges vigorously and create any insecurity among its friends.
“What we are trying to do is create a system that will ensure cyber defense. We are able to create a cyber agency within the armed forces and each service also has its own cyber agency, so that even if we do not commit cyber attacks Come under. ” Rawat said that the time of the attack is not short.
In his address, he also mentioned the development of India’s military and said that the country should avoid looking to the western world for security solutions and instead tell the world that it has come and gone to meet India’s huge challenges in dealing with various challenges. Learn from experience.
General Rawat said that India’s external threats could be dealt with by effective diplomacy and adequate defense capability, but noted that strong political institutions, economic development, social harmony, effective law and order mechanisms, speedy judicial relief and good governance ‘The first requirements are internal. Sustainability ‘.
According to official figures tabled in Parliament, cyber attack in India increased by almost 300 percent last year compared to 2019, from 3,94,499 cases in 2019 to 11,58,208 in 2020, which is worrying for the government. .