Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Defence sector was more prone to cyber threats and there was an imperative need to safeguard cyberspace.

Inaugurating a one-day workshop on Cyber Security Framework for Department of Defence organised by DDP, she stressed upon the fact that the Defence sector is more prone to cyber threats and hence it becomes important to safeguard “our cyberspace with anticipation of possible attacks”.

Congratulating the Department of Defence Production for formulating a cyber security framework for DDP and also establishing cyber security cells at various levels to handle cyber security related issues, she said there was requirement of creating the work force in all establishments in accordance with the nation’s vision to become a dominant force in cyber space.

Earlier, Secretary (Defence Production) Ajay Kumar emphasised that all Defence PSUs and Ordnance Factories are increasingly relying on information technology. However, any compromise in information and cyber security in defence production environment can have far reaching consequences on effectiveness of defence forces and national security.

Therefore, it is important to establish a strong, robust and resilient cyber security infrastructure on priority basis, he said. Addressing the workshop, chief information security officer of DDP Amit Sahai said the workshop has been organised by the Ministry of Defence to bring in a synchronised approach for cyber security based on framework document released by the Department of Defence Production in 2018.

The framework which is in line with national policies and guidelines, provides a common mechanism for all organisations to describe their current cyber security posture and the target area for cyber security and progress towards the target area.