Now a Doctrine for Cyberspace Operations

Have you ever heard of a Doctrine meant to formulate cyber space operations? Well, here’s a news piece that might interest you a bit.

The Indian Armed Forces have recently adopted a groundbreaking Doctrine specifically aimed at conducting operations in cyberspace. This initiative is a proactive step to address critical vulnerabilities that could impede recovery in the event of modern cyber warfare scenarios.

Considered among the first of its kind globally, this Doctrine underscores the Indian government’s commitment to integrating and strengthening the capabilities of the Army, Navy, and Air Force in countering cyber threats on an international scale.

Over the past few decades, India has experienced strained relations with neighboring countries such as Pakistan and China. In recent years, these relationships have deteriorated further, with both nations not only engaging in conventional land and sea-based hostilities but also expanding their tactics to include cyber attacks.

Looking ahead, cyber warfare is expected to play a pivotal role in disrupting or even disabling national infrastructure, encompassing critical sectors like energy, transportation, communication, and nuclear grids.

Previously, the Indian military had limited cyber defense capabilities, primarily through the Defense Cyber Agency, which catered to the needs of all three armed forces. However, since 2019, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, efforts have intensified with the establishment of a dedicated Cyber Command Centre. This strategic move aims to empower armed forces with comprehensive tools and frameworks necessary to plan and execute cyber operations effectively.

The introduction of this Doctrine marks a significant milestone in bolstering India’s defenses against cyber threats, including espionage activities that have become increasingly sophisticated, particularly from adversaries like Chinese intelligence.

In essence, this initiative seeks to fortify India’s cyber resilience while ensuring readiness to combat evolving cyber threats that pose significant challenges to national security.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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