New Delhi: With the threat perception changing from land, sea and air to the cyber world, India’s Defence Cyber Agency (DCA) has started taking shape. (Also read: 57 Arrested For Involvement in Cases of Cyber Fraud)
DCA is among the three agencies the Centre had cleared the formation of, last year. The other two are the Defence Space Agency and the Special Operation Division, said reports.
The initial proposal of the DCA will have about 200 staff from the three services; Army, Navy and the Air Force who will serve under the command of the Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee and work closely with the National Cyber Security Advisor.
“We are alive to the threat on the cyber front. To that end, we are working on the formation of a cyber agency. It would not be a quite full-fledged command as we have in the Army. Conscious of the fact that the threat exists, we are going in for the cyber agency. It will be headed by a two-star rank officer. It will be an inter-service agency, not purely Army, functioning under the IDS. They will be looking after the threats in the cyber domain,” said Lt. Gen MM Naravane, GOC-in-C, Army Eastern Command.
To begin with, the DCA will be based out of the IDS Headquarters and dedicated units will come up with the Army commands later.
“The entire proposal is still under the formulation. Of course, units will be spread all over the country. One person sitting in Delhi cannot be expected to do all these jobs. There will be units in every Headquarters with dedicated officers to deal with the cybersecurity,” added Naravane. (Inputs From Pooja Mehta)