Research Report

The Cyber Factor

Dr. Arvind Gupta

Dr. Arvind Gupta

Deputy National Security Advisor, GoI

Today, matters of cybersecurity occupy top billing in the hierarchy of international security issues. Recent incidents of cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cybercrime and the use of non-state actors and state-sponsored proxies in cyberspace have jeopardised international security. Additionally, states are increasingly worried about malicious activities that could undermine national security. 

We see a fault line running in international cybersecurity discussions. On the one hand, you have Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan getting together and talking about information security and the threat to societal stability. On the other hand, you have the western world which talks about the risk management approach to cybersecurity issues.  

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