Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for better coordination and information sharing among nations to fight the threat of cyber attacks. The Prime Minister also said that a fine balance must be struck between privacy and national security in the digital space.
Addressing the Global Conference on Cyber Space in New Delhi, the PM said, “Information sharing and coordination among security agencies is essential to counter the ever-changing threat landscape.”
The Prime Minister said that Internet, by nature, was inclusive, but the quest for an open and accessible Internet often led to vulnerability like cyber attacks.
“Stories of hacking and defacement of websites are the tip of an iceberg…We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cyber criminals. Alertness towards cyber security concerns should become a way of life,” he cautioned.
The Prime Minister also put the onus on countries to take responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for “the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation”.
PM Modi also noted the importance of transparency, privacy, trust and security in the digital space.
“We need to ensure that cyber protection becomes an attractive and viable career option for the youth,” he suggested.
Modi further said his government has used the trinity of bank accounts, mobile phones and biometric identification number Aadhaar to better target subsidies and prevented leakages of nearly USD 10 billion.
He also hailed ‘Digital India’ initiative as the world’s largest, technology-led transformative programme.
He also said that digital technology had become a great facilitator, giving farmers access to expert advice and good price, enabling small entrepreneurs to supply goods to the government, and even provided jobs.
Inviting the global community to invest in Indian startups, the Prime Minister said,”We shall be happy to share our experiences and success stories with the global community.”
Finally, the prime minister said that technology had provided the less-privileged sections of the society a more level-playing field.
On a macro-scale technology contributed to emergence of a flat world, where a developing nation like India can compete on a level footing with developed nations, said the Prime Minister.
(With inputs from PTI)