Cybercrimes in the country rise to 350% during last three years, reveals ASSOCHAM study
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 26-Aug-2016

New Delhi, August 26: A recent study by the ASSOCHAM revealed that there has been surge in the cybercrime in the country by approximately 350% in the last three years. The joint study conducted by ASSOCHAM-PwC revealed that case related to cybercrime registered under the Information Technology (IT) Act from the year 2011 to 2014.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has also reported a surge in the number of incidents handled by it, with close to 50,000 security incidents in 2015,” noted the study titled ‘Protecting interconnected systems in the cyber era’.

The study highlighted that operational systems are increasingly subject to cyber attacks, as many are built around legacy technologies with weaker protocols that are inherently more vulnerable. The continued and regular sharing of cyber security intelligence and insights is essential to improving the resiliency of these systems and processes from emerging cyber risks.

“Cyberattacks around the world are occurring at a greater frequency and intensity. Not only individuals but also businesses and governments are being targeted. The profile and motivation of cyber attackers are fast changing”, highlighted the joint study.

With an increase in the usage of information and operational technology (OT) and consumer technology (CT) in critical infrastructure, overall effectiveness has increased. However, these elements have also become the target of choice for attackers since they recognize the impact of disrupting the routine way of life.

In the US alone, there has been an increase of nearly 50% in reported cyber incidents against its critical infrastructure from 2012 to 2015, adds the paper. Cyberattacks around the world are occurring at a greater frequency and intensity. Not only individuals but also businesses and governments are being targeted.

The study revealed that in the past attacks have been mostly initiated from the countries such as US, Turkey, China, Brazil, Pakistan, Algeria, Turkey, Europe, and the UAE, and with the growing adoption of internet and smartphone India has emerged as one of the most favorite countries among cyber criminals.

Highlights of the solutions for reducing Cybercrime mentioned in the study as follows:

  • A cross-sector knowledge database inclusive of all the past incidents and threats needs to be maintained to strengthen protection measures.

  • Relevant, properly configured technology Investment in the right technology is another key characteristic of resilient OT and CT networks. Using the right detection, prevention, monitoring and reporting tools will help organisations to prevent attacks and facilitate informed decision-making in relation to possible cyber security threats.

  • A strong collaboration between well-equipped IT, OT and CT teams is also necessary for a unified approach to risk management and incident response. Monitoring OT and CT must be brought under the ambit of security monitoring, as in the case for IT networks.

  • The periodic monitoring programme should include log monitoring, vulnerability assessments and audits of these interconnected systems. Central monitoring through nodal bodies will help in institutionalizing the efforts.

  • With regard to security incidents in critical infrastructure, organised efforts are required to reduce the potential cascading impact and response time. Incident response for critical infrastructures requires a partnership between public and private organisations to perform analysis, issue early warnings and coordinate response efforts.

  • Accordingly, they should build a forward-looking cyber security programme that is based on the right balance of technologies, processes and people skills—all supplemented with an ample measure of innovation. With these components in place, organisations are likely to be better prepared for the future of cyber security.