Cybersecurity challenges require collective action, says NSA Ajit Doval at BRICS meet

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The ‘Friends of BRICS’ meeting, which was attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday. The meeting focused on the issue of cybersecurity and its implications for the Global South. Besides the BRICS countries, representatives from Belarus, Burundi, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Cuba also joined the discussions.

Doval stressed the importance of working together to address the emerging threats from cyber space. He said that the Global South needs to overcome the constraints of resources and that India is ready to cooperate with them in this regard.

He also warned that disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data and Internet of Things will increase the complexity and severity of cyber risks.

He highlighted the link between cyber criminals and terrorists, who use cyber space for various purposes such as financing, money laundering, radicalizing, lone wolf attacks, recruitment and secured communications.

He pointed out that the young population is especially susceptible to the influence of extremist ideologies spread through social media sites as they are tech-savvy and have impressionable minds.

Doval met with several other national security advisors from BRICS and its partner nations.

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