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ISIS One of the Best Users of Internet Technology, Says Parrikar

The Defence Minister said ISIS is one of the best users of internet to recruit and garner support for its cause.

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Manohar Parikkar at the DEFCOM Seminar. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD)

Addressing the DEFCOM seminar organised by the Corps of Signal of the Indian Army and the CII, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “The world that we as a nation will be interacting with, is increasingly fraught with turbulence and will call for dominant military might. We need to develop technology and system appropriate to evolving military doctrine.”

Citing the example of the terrorist organisation ISIS, he said that it was “one of the best users of internet technology” that made optimum use of the internet to extend their base. “They use the internet to ensure a lot of recruitment or support, and they are one of the best users of internet technology for promoting their cause”, he said.

 Network relationships among “official” ISIS accounts as of January 3, 2014. (Photo by Courtesy: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2015/03/isis-twitter-census-berger-morgan/isis_twitter_census_berger_morgan.pdf"><i>The ISIS Twitter Census by </i>J.M.Berger and Jonathan Morgan</a>)
Network relationships among “official” ISIS accounts as of January 3, 2014. (Photo by Courtesy: The ISIS Twitter Census by J.M.Berger and Jonathan Morgan)

He said the progression through IT can make a more digitalised army, which increases the danger of disruption through cyber attacks by the enemy. “We need to enhance our capabilities to ensure that they are protected from such disruptive cyber attacks or cyber manipulations,” he said warning that,“future wars may be cyber wars”.

Although conventional army cannot be replaced, he said that the Army should be cautious of “information blackout” as he sought enhanced capabilities to ensure protection from disruptive cyber attacks or manipulations, stating that future wars might be fought in the cyberspace

Information corruption can be another danger to the platform which we use. Because of Information Technology, you can get so much information that getting vital information out of that becomes something like finding a needle in a haystack.
Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister

Parrikar said the Indian Army should not only use the digital advantage but also protect itself against destructive technology of adversaries. Noting that India has been at the forefront of software development, he said one needs better hardware designing and integration in our system.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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