•    What are the new opportunities in India’s Critical infrastructure Security solutions market?
As the threats to critical infrastructure increase with the advent of terrorist attacks and subsequent increase in government regulations, the physical security technology is expected to have the largest market share in India’s critical infrastructure security solutions market. It is therefore essential to go beyond ISO standards and benchmarks to tackle these growing threats through an increased focus on R&D.
•    What are the emerging threats to India’s Critical infrastructure?
Terrorism is at its peak. Every day, new incidences highlight sensitive areas in world security and the innumerous ways security can be exploited. New methods of terrorist attacks increase the vulnerability of critical infrastructures. There is thus a need to regularly audit security solutions for keeping up with new levels of threats. “A regular upgradation in technology is essential to combat new world hazards to india’s critical infrastructure.”
•    What are the key challenges to ensure best in class Critical infrastructure Security?
Lack of architectural framework and no common enforcement policy restricts a common playfield for development of security solutions. There are no prescribed policies or standards to provide a clear direction for protecting the critical infrastructure of the country. One of the biggest problems facing India is that there is still a need to indentify our critical infrastructure.

•    How Policy framework can help us to enhance security in the Critical infrastructure sector?
Individuals or organizations cannot themselves take steps to advance security solutions for critical infrastructure unless there is a defined framework of guidelines and procedures. There is also a need to monitor these guidelines regularly. Since tenders are assigned on a lowest-bid process, it does not ensure that the best solutions are available for protecting the most sensitive areas of the country.
Indian government has set up the national critical information infrastructure protection centre to assess the risks. This is the first step towards consolidating the various inputs through information sharing and defining a legal structure, though a lot still remains to be done.

•    How Critical infrastructure sector can plan for better security?
Critical infrastructure constitutes the cornerstone of a country’s growth. So the sector requires the best of security solutions within a defined set of guidelines to ensure safety. Investment in defining the framework through developments in R&D is the basic current requirement. Keeping up with new threats, technology has to be fostered with physical solutions to ensure protection from dangers pertaining today’s times.

•    What are the suggestions for implementing Critical infrastructure security assignments?
There is no homogenous concept of protecting critical infrastructure. Standards vary in different countries, exposed to the same threats. Critical infrastructure requires regular upgrades in technology and solutions to be at par with terrorism and cyber threats. Government regulations and policies have to ensure that only the best security solutions are present at these sensitive locations.