Cyber threats are those that use computers and networks as weapons against individuals, governments, and other entities. According to the United States Department of Justice, cyber threats can be categorized into six groups: espionage, cyber-attacks, data breaches, cybertheft of intellectual property, denial-of-service attacks and other malicious software.
Many people use the internet every day and it is difficult to grasp the gravity of a world where we cannot access it. Cyber threats can result in different levels of damage: from annoying disruptions to physical destruction. They may cause more than just losses in productivity or money; they can threaten lives by shutting down hospitals or power plants.
Types of Cyber Security Threats
- Denial of Service
- Man in the Middle
- SQL Injection
- Password Attacks
What are the Causes of Increasing Cyber Attacks in India?
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but it also faces many challenges. One of these challenges is increased cyber attacks, which has been on a steady increase since 2011 and its citizens have access to a wide variety of goods and services that are not available elsewhere. This has made them a target for hackers who wish to steal their data or gain access to their computers so they can sell them for profit or use them for other nefarious purposes such as spying on enemies or threats.
Recent cyber threats in India
India is slowly becoming a hotbed for cyber threats. With the way the country is progressing, it will soon become a powerhouse for innovation. But with increased digitalization, there are also risks of cyberattacks. The country needs to implement better security practices to be prepared for such attacks.
“With this rapid transformation of society and technology, the cybersecurity market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% from 2018-2022.”
The Indian Government has taken some steps towards beefing up its cybersecurity authorities by working with international experts on various IT and cybersecurity projects and forming an interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Council (COC) in 2010.
The COC has been responsible for coordinating initiatives and strategies related to cybersecurity between different departments of the Government.
Is India equipped to tackle cyber breaches?
India has seen a sharp increase in the number of cyber security breaches, due to lack of awareness and preparedness among the people towards cyber security.
A recent study conducted by Intel Security, reveals that 78% of Indian respondents are more aware about cybersecurity issues than before.
The government should take steps to inform citizens about cybersecurity. People should not only be aware but also be prepared for breaches to happen. Cybersecurity has become an important issue in India than any other country.
How Effective is the Indian Government’s Response to Cyber Attacks?
This is a question with no easy answer. Cyber attacks in India have been steadily increasing in frequency and severity. In the past few years, they have become more frequent and more sophisticated.
The Indian government has responded to this cyber threat in various ways-
Some of the government’s response mechanisms include:
-setting up a dedicated agency to handle cyber security threats and
-listing cyber security as a mandatory skill for all top positions in the government.
Impact of Cyber Threats on Society and Everyday Life
Cyber threats are not only affecting the military and government. They’ve also infiltrated our daily lives. Cyber-attacks can be anything from data theft to identity theft, to sabotage, and even cyber warfare.
There are three types of cyber threats:
-Data security threats
-Identity security threats
The cyber world is ever-changing. The modern day internet has made it possible for people to conduct their work, personal lives, and finances online. As a result, the number of people that have access to the internet continues to grow. This has led to an increase in cyber crimes as well as cyber terrorism.
We have seen an increase in major hacks over the past few years, including the Equifax hack that caused 143 million people’s sensitive information to be compromised or stolen. With so much confidential information being susceptible on the internet, hackers will continue to find new ways of exploiting users for financial gain or other ulterior motives.
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