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“Communication networks are a part of our critical information infrastructure”, in this context, what are the threats posed by communication networks to the internal security of India? Elucidate.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

4. “Communication networks are a part of our critical information infrastructure”, in this context, what are the threats posed by communication networks to the internal security of India? Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference: IDSA

Why this question:

The question is from the static portions of the GS paper III.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the relevance of Communication networks as a part of our critical information infrastructure; explain the threats posed by them.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain what constitute communication networks.

Body:

  • Discuss how securing the networks are complicated by a number of factors. 
  • Explain in what way threats are posed by communication networks to the internal security of India.
  • Highlight the efforts being made by the country to address these concerns.
  • Suggest solutions to address the challenges.

Conclusion:

Conclude by way forward.