New Delhi, July 7: Congratulations, India ranks 23rd out of 165 nations in Global Cyber-Security Index (GCI) released by United Nations Agency. GCI measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber security.
To enhance the cyber-security, the Indian Institute of Technology of Guwahati is offering a bounty for ethical hackers through a programme called ‘Bug Bounty’. Through this programme, white hat hackers use their skills to test and expose cyber vulnerabilities of protected systems with networks of the Institute before black hat hackers or malicious hackers can exploit them.
The brain behind the initiative K. Mohan Sai Krishna a fourth year B-Tech Computer Science and Engineering student stressed “This will help improve security within IIT Guwahati’s network and its websites” while the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati’s Facebook page says this is a first of its kind initiative in the country in terms of educational institutes.
The programme was launched on June 30 and is an experimental program focusing on improving the security within IIT Guwahati’s network. The initial bounty is an appreciation of the bug-hunter in the ‘Hall of Fame’ page. The introductory phase is meant for the institute’s students and faculty but it will be rolled-out for the ethical hackers across the world to participate.
Krishna’s core lie interest lies in information security additionally he had earlier helped companies like Microsoft to secure their websites. He stressed, “Soon after the program was released we got seven reports in two days, three of which are high priority ones and four of them are low priority ones”.
Krishna noted that he noticed some flaws in IIT-Guwahati website and informed the concerned people. One more thing which fuelled this idea was that most of the times when some Indian government websites were hacked by some Pakistani hackers or someone else you could hear many Indian hackers saying ‘I reported about this vulnerability long ago, nobody patched it’, he added.
Acknowledging the institute’s computer centre for seeing the merits of the programme and taking it up, Krishna said, “The idea is that with the success of this programme in IIT-Guwahati, other IITs and government bodies might also start something similar and in the end, it should contribute in making Indian cyberspace more secure”.
India has ranked 23rd while Singapore topped the index. The top 10 most committed countries to cyber security are Singapore, United States, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada, while Russia ranked 11th.