Modern warfare has evolved. Information is the new arsenal. Tasked with securing the vastness of the blue waters, the onus falls on naval communication networks to be infallible, secure and advanced in all conceivable ways. For years, the Indian Navy has been attempting a consolidated network that enables unhindered yet secure communication among its various assets and bases. So what does it take to establish such a network?
Wading through rough waters
With a proliferation of data, networks are swarming with endpoints and data processing points that are scattered across the landscape. The absence of a consolidated infrastructure leads to an asymmetry of data. This asymmetry further introduces a concern of network management which further results in decentralised controls, high operating costs and inefficient skill development. Large scale networks have become susceptible to attacks from various sources. Threats from multiple dimensions usually result from gaining backdoor access to the network by exposing loopholes. These loopholes hold serious potential to compromise the sensitive data that flows through the network. Another related concern is the protection of data that is staged and processed in the data centres that serve various critical purposes. In the absence of proper safeguards against cyber-threats, these massive data centres become vulnerable to exploitation. A key tenet of any large network is the speed with which data access is enabled. Users no longer take kindly to buffering. The ultrafast digital age necessitates the presence of 100% available networks that enable high speed data access in order to deliver the desired quality of service.
The key to keeping sails high
While the challenges have been known for some time, capable technologies have popped up from time to time. Yet, the Indian naval networks have been looking for the elusive ingredient(s) that could potentially usher in a new era of communications, one that is impervious to acts of disruption and malice. Here are the top 3 considerations that could hold the key to enabling a supreme digital communications network for the Indian Navy:
- Ecosystem mind-set: As they say ‘Charity begins at home’, an absolutely essential keg of successful projects is the right mind-set that is zoned in on cracking problems holistically. The perks of an ecosystem mind-set allow organisations to be result-oriented while paving the way for selecting appropriate plans, partners & technologies and thereby, making informed decisions.
- Trusted partners: In order to deliver large-scale projects such as a digitally supreme Naval Communications network (NCN), it is imperative that the right partners are selected. This may sound fairly simple but reality has a different story to tell. It begins with choosing partners – carefully, diligently and consciously – who can expand your access to a wider trusted partner-base from an end to end standpoint. With a proliferation of partners servicing similar client needs, they must then be vetted thoroughly according to the goals of the project. Only then can any progress be made towards flawless execution.
- Ability to orchestrate multiple moving parts toward a common goal: With mind-set and partner ecosystem in place, any organisation that takes up large projects must have/develop the ability to exercise control via seamless interactions, proper alignment of roles & responsibilities and harnessing the feeling of one team – one goal among the diverse set of partners that work towards achieving the desired goals of the project.