Knowledge power can help combat modern warfare: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: New-age warfare can only be combated through the power of knowledge and it is imperative for our crime-fighting agencies that they equip themselves with technologies needed to ensure national security, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday.

Addressing the 48th Foundation Day of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), he said that in today’s world a country can be crippled without firing a single shot or spilling even a drop of blood.

“This is the era of new-age warfare, the cyber warfare, and the new enemy can be combated only through the power of knowledge.

“Unlike the spies of the Cold War era, when collaborators would provide access to secret documents to physically copy and photograph documents, the new-age spies do not need any physical access… the hackers can suck out thousands of secret documents, jeopardising national security,” Naidu was quoted as saying in a government statement here.

He said that the cyber warfare cannot be fought from inside the walls of a government agency, but through technology that transcends such boundaries.

“The set-up for combating the new enemy in cyberspace can no longer be housed within the walls of a seemingly secure single government agency. All police forces of the country have to equip themselves with the cyber forensic techniques and knowledge to counter a cyberattack or investigate a cybercrime,” he said.

The Vice President emphasised that for a safe India (Surakshit Bharat), we need a competent India (Saksham Bharat).

“The knowledge and competence of our police forces and the ability to innovate, improvise and implement will be critical in strengthening national security,” he said.