India’s top military officer said that the country plans to seek help from the U.S. and other countries to shore up its vulnerable cyber defense infrastructure that has been under attack from Chinese cyberattacks.
Defense Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday that while India is currently trying to play catchup while building its own cyber defenses, much of Indian critical and military systems remain highly vulnerable to breaches. And in the interim, India is turning to the U.S. and other Western nations for solutions. This was a topic of discussion during U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s visit in March as India and the United States have agreed to help India with cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
“We have to seriously look at catching up with China on technology,” Rawat said. “We may not be able to fully catch up with China therefore we are trying to develop a relationship with Western nations to see how best we can get support from them during peacetime, at least, to overcome these deficiencies.”
Ever since Indian and Chinese troops clashed in a bloody, hand-to-hand fight along the disputed 2,200-mile border in the Himalayas in May of 2020, India has been hit by several cyberattacks. These attacks have targeted Indian port facilities, power infrastructure in Mumbai, banks, and the Indian stock exchange.