The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday took up the issue of cyber security during Zero Hour with JD(U) MP from Bihar Harivansh quoting THE WEEK magazine's cover story "Cyber Attack- Internet of Stings'' to draw the attention of the government to the grave threats being posed from the cyber space and demanded immediate steps be taken to beef up India's cyber security mechanism.
In his Zero hour mention titled, "Concern over threat to cyber security of sensitive departments of government" Harivansh displayed THE WEEK magazine in the upper house saying he is quoting from the reputed magazine and it is "probably for the first time in two years that he has been given an opportunity by the Chair to raise an issue during Zero Hour".
“I want to show you India's famous magazine, THE WEEK. This magazine has carried important information related to cyber attacks. There is a dearth of nearly 5 lakh cyber security personnel in the country. A famous and world renowned company on network security, SophosLabs, quoted by the magazine, has said that India is the fifth most vulnerable country as far as cyber attacks are concerned,” he said.
Harivansh cited the findings of an Intelligence bureau audit of computers of sensitive government departments, quoted in THE WEEK, which found that one fourth of the computers in these sensitive departments, including the ministries of defence and external affairs, were facing incessant attacks in the cyber space. Out of these computers, twenty-five per cent belonged to the Ministry of Defence.
Harivansh said the NDA government's twin ambitious schemes, Digital India and Smart City Mission, were dependent on electronic infrastructure for data storage, data transfer and securing India's E-defence systems among other sensitive functions. Making a strong case for improving India's cyber security preparedness, Harivansh quoted figures extensively from the magazine saying in 2015, nearly 50,000 cyber security incidents have taken place in the country.
After Harivansh flagged the issue, several Parliamentarians belonging to various political parties associated with it prompting the deputy chairman P. J. Kurien to say that all their names be added.
Among those who associated were JD(U) MPs from Bihar Ali Anwar Ansari, Anil Kumar Sahani, Ram Nath Thakur, Kahkashan Parveen, Congress MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu from Telangana, CPI(M)'s T.K. Rangarajan from Tamil Nadu and Ritabrata Banerjee from West Bengal.