National Security Adviser Ajit Doval announced that the Union government is set to come up with National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 for guaranteeing a safe, secured, trusted, and resilient cyberspace.
The proposed strategy toward uniting all cybersecurity agencies for making sure about, reinforcing, and synergizing the cybersecurity ecosystem by closely connecting with businesses, citizens, and beyond.
That endeavors were being made by adversaries to exploit the crisis in the wake of the pandemic through different misinformation, fake news, and social media campaigns.
“For our adversaries, the huge data floating around in cyberspace is a goldmine for extracting information to undermine the privacy of our citizens and add to the vulnerability of protecting data of our critical information infrastructure, “Mr. Doval said.
He said that phishing campaigns utilizing the Coronavirus theme targeted banks, defence, and critical infrastructure during this period.
Mr. Doval drew attention to how various conspicuous UPI IDs and web portals were produced while fake Arogya Setu applications propped up to misuse individuals’ data only hours after the Prime Minister announced the launch of the PM Cares fund.
He stated, “Malicious domains and websites to the tune of around 5,000 were registered in a short span of time. We have also witnessed an increase of 500% in cybercrime owing to people’s limited awareness and poor cyber hygiene. Financial frauds have also increased tremendously owing to the increased reliance on digital payment platforms…”
He regretted that absence of indigenous digital solutions like information-sharing facilities and social media platforms had antagonistically influenced the country’s self-reliance and cybersecurity.
He encouraged new start-ups to think of solutions linked with the nation’s requirements and build-up ability to guarantee that the country’s critical cyber assets were being monitored by skillful native professionals in resonance with the Prime Minister’s take for Atmanirbhar.
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