National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) of India is a promising initiative of India that would help in dealing with adverse cyber activities in India. The Congress Government started this project and now it seems to have been picked up by BJP Government. As per media reports, the National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) of India may finally see the light of the day and may become functional very soon.
However, BJP Government has to take a firm stand in this regard as we have already seen many promises in the cyber security field in the past. The Cyber Security Trends and Development in India 2013 (PDF) provided by Perry4Law and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) have marked many shortcomings of Indian cyber security initiatives.
The policy paralysis in cyber security field has continued even in the BJP Government. For instance, the cyber security policy of India 2013 is still not implemented. Similarly, neither the NCCC nor the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIPC) of India has become fully functional till now.
However, the biggest failure of both Congress and BJP Government is lack of a dedicated cyber security law of India. In addition, BJP Government has also failed to take care of outdated and draconian laws like cyber law and telegraph Act of India.
Many cyber security related projects are managed by Indian security and intelligence agencies without any parliamentary approval and oversight. The intelligence infrastructure of India needs transparency and reforms. Without this cyber immunity cannot be granted to these agencies. India must also reconcile civil liberties and national security requirements while protecting Indian cyberspace.
The ultimate solution is to formulate a techno legal framework that can safeguard Indian cyberspace in the best possible manner.