China is capable of launching cyberattacks on us: Rawat
There is a functionality differential between India and China, says Chief of Defence Staff
Accepting that there is a functionality differential between India and China, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday stated the most important differential lies within the cyber discipline and China is “capable of launching cyberattacks on us and it can disrupt a large number of systems”.
On Afghanistan, he stated they had been holding their eyes and ears open and “making sure that we are not out of the bandwagon”.
“We may not be able to fully catch up with China. So, we are trying to develop some kind of a relationship with western nations and see how better we can get some support from them during peace time at least, which will help us overcome this deficiency,” Gen. Rawat stated whereas talking at a webinar by the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF).
What they had been attempting to do was create a system that may guarantee cyber defence, he stated, including that they created a cyber company inside the Armed forces. Gen. Rawat stated every service additionally had its personal cyber company, in order that even when they arrive beneath a cyberattack the “downtime of the attack doesn’t last long”.
“We should be able to overcome that cyberattack and continue with our systems either through alternate means… While we are trying to create firewalls for cyberattacks, we are quite sure they will be able to break through the firewalls and we will have cyberattacks,” he added.
“What we are trying to do is to see how long the systems would be down and how we will be able to operate through the phase of cyberattack that we have been put through. That is what we are seriously looking at,” he acknowledged.
This differential may very well be overcome provided that sources of the three providers had been built-in, Gen. Rawat stated.
Responding to questions on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, Gen. Rawat stated the Taliban was attempting to place stress on the U.S. Gen. Rawat acknowledged that the Taliban had been gaining floor.
Stating that they had been watching from shut quarters as “we have a lot of stake in Afghanistan”, Gen Rawat stated, “We are watching the situation very carefully.”
“ We are keeping our eyes and ears open. We are making sure that we are not out of the bandwagon and that we understand what is happening in that nation,” he stated.
“Anything that evolves there, we will be on-board and we will make sure that our national interests are not compromised,” he stated.
He added that the Afghan folks had lots of respect and regard for Indians and to that extent they themselves “would not want India to be left out”. “So I think our security interests will get considered,” he added.