Cyber threat is next challenge before country: Antony

Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday said the "clandestine proliferation" of terrorist networks in the neighbourhood have made its fight against terror "more complex".

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 23:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Observing that some nations were
on a lookout to "provoke and encourage threats" against India,
Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday said the "clandestine
proliferation" of terrorist networks in the neighbourhood have
made its fight against terror "more complex".

Antony said the next generation of threat to national
security will emerge from the cyber world and stressed on the
need for making these systems "secure" and "non-porous".
Noting that though India was desirous of peaceful
relations with its neighbours, the defence Minister said,
"Some nations are always on the lookout to provoke and
encourage threats to our security and national integrity."

Pointing out that no country was "insulated" from the
serious threat of terrorism, Antony said, "the increase in
clandestine proliferation networks in our neighbourhood makes
the fight against terror all the more complex."

On the threat of nuclear weapons falling into wrong hands,
Antony said, "In such a scenario, autonomy in decision-making
in strategic affairs and in the developmental process is an
inalienable right of the Indian people."

Citing `No First Use nuclear doctrine and activities in
disarmament initiatives as examples of India`s responsible
attitude, the Defence Minister said the "proposed moves must
ensure that there is no differentiation between India and the
nuclear weapon states".
Antony said the next generation of threats will emerge out
of cyber security and "we need to make our cyber systems as
secure and as non-porous as possible".

Nations need to cooperate on diverse issues that can have
a long-term impact on their overall security and well-being,
he said adding that they must avoid flashpoints that may
escalate into full-blown confrontations.

PTI