Space assets must be protected:DRDO chief

Acknowledging that security challenges are going beyond the traditional domains of land, water and air, DRDO chief Avinash Chander on Tuesday stressed the need for securing critical cyber infrastructure and space intelligence assets.

Delivering the 27th Intelligence Bureau centenary endowment lecture, Chander said “new forms of conflict and new domains of warfighting” are emerging and these challenges are giving India an opportunity to play a leading role as a stabilising force in the “hub of most turbulent region” where the country is located.

“The space which has become a dominant force in our day-to-day life, cyber space which is governing every activity, has proved to be a boon and threat simultaneously. Underwater area is emerging to be a new area of conflict because of resource control. Unmanned warfare will change the way the wars are fought and the way the security challenges are going to be handled,” he said.

Reminding that the US PRISM programme used techniques like database tapping of agencies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo and internet and mobile phone metadata tracking, to breach the security, he said India needs to make its critical cyber infrastructure “trustworthy, dependable, survivable and conforming” to the desired needs.

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