Vol. III, Issue 5

Vol. III, Issue 5

Date: June 02, 2022

India experienced over 18 million cyber-attacks and threats in the first quarter of 2022. The attacks included ransomware, deepfakes and cryptocurrency-related scams to target financial and critical sectors.

To realise India’s vision to become a thriving semiconductor hub, a number of semiconductor R&D programs, in collaboration with industry and academia, have been launched. India is also collaborating with its Quad partners under the “Semiconductor Supply Chain Initiative”.

A 5G Test Bed has been launched as a multi-institute collaborative project, that will allow start-ups and industry players to test their products, prototypes and algorithms. Recommendations of the 5G spectrum auction await Cabinet approval.

“Cyber Security Directives 2022” issued by CERT-In have evoked a mixed response from industry, mainly due to operational challenges.

The Army Training Command, in collaboration with Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU), an institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has launched a “Wargame Research and Development Centre”, that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to design virtual reality wargame training modules, for the Army to test strategies.

India has proposed holding a special meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) in India, to discuss ways to tackle the implications of terrorist exploitation of digital technologies. 

BRICS Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to a secure ICT-environment and welcomed the ongoing work in the UN Open-Ended Ad Hoc Committee of Experts to draft a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of ICTs for criminal purposes.

Leaders of the Quad countries recognised the urgent need for a collective approach towards enhancing cybersecurity, the defence of critical information infrastructures, resilience of supply chains for digitally enabled products and services, and aligning baseline software security standards.