New Delhi: The Navy is preparing its own brigade of trained cyber hackers in the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, Kerala, to stand up to the Chinese cyber attackers and launch a counter attack to fish out information from their computers. Taking into account the new threat environment, the Navy has decided to have a dedicated Information Technology (IT) force to manage its entire network.
The first batch of the IT cadre will commence its training in December this year at the Naval Academy in Ezhimala. The officers will be absorbed into the force under the executive branch as Short Service Commission officers, Navy officials told Express. The force has already given out an advertisement calling in applications from qualified people. “This IT force of the Navy would be deployed on board warships and various sensitive establishments to manage and secure the network in the organisation,” the officials added.
The IT brigade will be deft in handling state-of-the-art networks and niche applications both in operational and administrative areas. They would also take care of open source applications and proprietary tailormade software. Moreover, the IT cadre profile would involve designing and implanting secure and critical networks including manning of security operation and network operation centres in a domain of cutting edge technologies while maintaining various Navywide applications and portals.
The Indian Navy has decided to have a dedicated Information Technology (IT) force to manage its entire network.
The announcement of the IT cadre by the Navy has come at time when cyber attacks have increased manifold on military networks from various quarters, especially from China.
More recently, the Navy’s Eastern Naval Command was the victim of the attack and it could not be ascertained how much sensitive information was lost in the attack, which involved a computer bug that clandestinely infiltrated the naval computers and then transmitted the data back to Chinese computers.