We will find ways to deal with cyber threat: Singh


New Delhi: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that cyber technology has become one of the greatest threats and also expressed hope that the menace of cyber security will be overcome soon.

“Digital culture” is being transferred from generation to generation, he said while addressing the 12th India Security Summit on ‘Towards New National Cyber Security Strategy’ here.

The Indian society has gone through a rapid evolution as far as technology, special communication technology is concerned, he said.

He said that every technology has a utility.

“Similarly cyber technology is a big boom nowadays. But besides being a boon the same technology has become one of the greatest threats,” Singh said, mentioning the cyber threat in the wake of national security.

The minister said that the concept of security has itself undergone changes in the last few decades. “It has assumed proportions; external as well as internal,” he said.

“It is important to understand that terrorism is terrorism and there cannot be a distinction based on caste, creed and religion,” Singh said.

He said that there is a need to set priorities and expressed hope that the threat of cyber security will be overcome soon and “we will find ways to deal with the cyber threat”.

Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said that “we live in a digital world and that security is one of the challenging areas that all of us have to think upon”.

“As we are adopting different technologies, we are also facing different challenges particularly on cyber security. Cyber security is the need of the hour for cyber safe society.

“New tools and technologies must be developed at faster rate for cyber security,” Reddy said, adding that cyber space is becoming the new battlefield.

He said that cyber security is the collective responsibility of all and invited suggestions from the stakeholders to counter the cyber threat.

Director General of National Informatics Centre Neeta Verma said that India is the third largest user of the Internet and the cybercrime has increased manifold in the recent years.

She said that various steps are taken by the government to provide cyber security and emphasized on the efforts by all stakeholders to supplement the efforts of the government.

Verma said that this is not a one-time task but an ongoing and joint responsibility of all. (PTI)