In­dia among coun­tries that are at the cen­tre of cy­ber at­tacks

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

In­dia is among the coun­tries that are at the cen­tre of cy­ber at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent state­ment is­sued by Sy­man­tec. It said that the num­ber of unique mal­ware vari­ants have in­creased to 403 mil­lion, while the num­ber of web at­tacks thwarted per day have in­creased by 36 per cent.

Such trends have led to a grow­ing need for dig­i­tal warriors and se­cu­rity engi­neers in the coun­try, the state­ment said.

Fur­ther, the play­field for at­tack­ers has ex­panded to emerg­ing cities in In­dia, with 25 per cent of bot-in­fec­tions found in th­ese lo­ca­tions. The pres­ence of in­dus­trial clus­ters and the preva­lence of small and medium busi­nesses, which may not be aware of the need for se­cu­rity, are key tar­gets.

The growth in the vol­ume and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of at­tacks has lead to an in­creas­ing de­mand for se­cu­rity engi­neers. Shan­tanu Ghosh, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, In­dia prod­uct op­er­a­tions, Sy­man­tec, said, “With ex­am­ples like ‘Stuxnet’, a com­puter worm that was de­signed to sabo-

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