Cyber ​​attacks in India increased by 194 percent in 2020

AA | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – 17:14 | Last Updated: 24 03 2021 – 17:14

Cyberattacks in the country increased by approximately 194 percent in 2020 to exceed 1.15 million, according to an official from the Indian Ministry of the Interior, based on data from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

In his written statement to the parliament, Interior Minister G Kishan Reddy noted that this number was approximately 395 thousand in 2019.

In the statement made by the government, it was stated that measures were taken to improve cyber security and prevent cyber attacks, including warnings and recommendations regarding recent cyber threats.

Cyber ​​experts in India say the increase in cybersecurity attacks throughout 2020 is a global trend in the background of the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) outbreak.

Gunjan Chawla, technology and national security program manager at the National Law University in Delhi, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that due to the remote working system that came with the Kovid-19 outbreak, the government and companies have cybersecurity vulnerabilities, which are planned according to the office environment, leaving the systems vulnerable to cyberattacks. did.

“The first thing the government needs to do is get the National Cyber ​​Security Strategy published. The strategy was scheduled to be released in 2020, but still nothing in sight,” Chawla added. used the expression.

Udbhav Tiwari, a public policy consultant at Mozilla Corporation, said that digital literacy is not moving in parallel with the advancement of technology and the accompanying rapid digitalization of society, which has led to an increase in cybersecurity-related cases.

Tiwari said there is a need for a strong and independent data protection law to improve cybersecurity. He concluded that such a law would create incentives and deterrents for government, companies and other organizations to ensure the confidentiality of user data and protect it from security risks.