Army chief General MM Naravane on Saturday said information security is the biggest challenge to national security in the present scenario “which can give a strong shock to the economy and can handicap government machinery also”.
In his virtual address on the topic of “India’s National Security Scenario- Past, Present and Future” at a function organised by a college here in Maharashtra, General Naravane said national security was not limited to armed security only but is based on six other important foundations.
Speaking about non-traditional threats to national security, General Naravane said, “Information security is the biggest challenge to national security in the present scenario”.
“Cyber warfare is one of the non-traditional threats. It is not the only threat to our information system, but it is also a threat to leaking of sensitive information of our country,” he added.
“Nowadays, government and private sector data is available online, and in this situation, a big cyber attack can give a strong shock to the economy and can handicap the government machinery also,” the Army chief said.
He said national security is based on six important foundations viz “Army security, financial security,health security, food security, energy security and environment security, which needs effort of the entire nation”.
He observed that the use of drone technology has increased in the world for launching a precision attack.