‘Army should be equipped to deal with cyber terrorism’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 19:32
Hyderabad: The threat scenario in the country has undergone a sea change over the years with issues like cyber terrorism emerging as major threats and the armed forces officers should be equipped to deal with them, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan said here today.

"From a mere external aggression facet, we have now moved into a new era of threats. Earlier, when we talk of national security, we always thought of as external aggression from across the borders.

"But today, the whole concept of national security has undergone a radical change, though external aggression is still a major factor," he said in his valedictory address at the College of Defence Management (CDM) here on completion of the Higher Defence Management Course by a group of 108 officers.

"Globalisation, convergence, networking, technological advancements, state actors and non-state actors, criminal-terrorist linkages have all together changed the security scenario today," he said.

The officers should be able to anticipate situations and "calibrate the threat levels" instead of being reactive, Narasimhan, a former IB Chief, said.

"There is a convergence of interests among state players today against India. We need to understand this. There are proxy actors, there are facilitators to fulfil a common objective that is basically to destabilise India," he said. Nexus between terrorists and criminals and cyber terrorism are other major threats to security, Narasimhan said.

He regretted that cyber terrorism is a much neglected area in terms of tackling the security threats which resulted in cyber attacks.

The need of the hour is to take effective measures to prevent cyber terrorism, he said.

Narasimhan asked the officers to make effective use of technology, adopt human resource management practices by decentralising decision making and delegating responsibility to achieve optimum results.

108 officers of Colonel and equivalent rank, belonging to the three Services, the Coast Guard and friendly foreign countries including Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Afghanistan, were conferred post graduate degree of Master of Management of Studies on the occasion.


First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 19:32

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