Future wars might be cyber wars, says Parrikar


New Delhi: Stressing on the need for enhanced cyber security, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that the Indian Army must be vigilant against information manipulations by militant outfits like ISIS.

Apprehending that cyberspace will be the next war zone, Parrikar underscored the need for acquiring enhanced competencies to thwart attacks from terrorist outfits.

Parrikar mentioned that ISIS was using the social media platforms extensively to spread their ideology, and said, a counter-strategy must be formulated to curb the virulent attack.

“The world that we as a nation will be interacting with is increasingly fraught with turbulence and will call for dominant military might. We need to develop technology and system appropriate to evolving military doctrine,” Parrikar said addressing the DEFCOM seminar here organised by the Corps of Signal of the Indian Army and the CII.

He, however, stated that conventional defence forces could never be substituted and the process of honing them will continue to combat growing threats.

Speaking about the need for proper use of the developing internet technology, Parrikar said, “One can take the example of terrorist organisations like Daish or ISIS. They use the Internet to ensure a lot of recruitment or support, and they are one of the best users of Internet technology for promoting their cause.”

Warning of a possible information blackout triggered by ultra-bodies, Parrikar said, developing internet technology has become of utmost important in the backdrop of rapid global development in the cyberspace.

Handling of information via internet could be both sensitive and tricky, as there was always the threat of data overload, said Parrikar, adding, finding vital information might become like searching a needle in a stack of hay.

Digitalisation of the forces would equip them to foil cyber-attacks by the adversaries, Parrikar added.

The defence minister expressed firm belief that India will become a dominant force in the cyber world in recent times.

(With inputs from agencies)