Cisco states short­age of four lakh cy­ber se­cu­rity ex­perts in In­dia

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Are­cent study con­ducted by Cisco has re­vealed that In­dia is fac­ing with a short­age of over four lakh cy­ber se­cu­rity pro­fes­sion­als and this could de­velop into a se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion. Even as 2013 was marked by an un­prece­dented growth in ma­li­cious traf­fic, firms glob­ally are grap­pling with a short­age of over a mil­lion cy­ber se­cu­rity pro­fes­sion­als as they try to mon­i­tor and se­cure net­works, ac­cord­ing to a study by Cisco.

Ac­cord­ing to the net­work­ing so­lu­tions ma­jor, over­all vul­ner­a­bil­ity and threat lev­els reached their high­est in 2013, ever since it be­gan track­ing in May 2000. Its 2014 An­nual Se­cu­rity Re­port re­veals that 2013 was a “par­tic­u­larly bad year”, with cu­mu­la­tive an­nual threat alert lev­els in­creas­ing 14 per cent since 2012.

The re­port also re­vealed that hack­ers are in­creas­ing at­tacks on the core of the In­ter­net – servers of web host­ing providers, name servers and data cen­tres – to spread ex­ploits. Thou­sands of web host­ing cen­tres are now act­ing as launch­pads for such at­tacks. An­droid and Java are top se­cu­rity tar­gets for mal­ware and hacks, the re­port said adding An­droid also has a large in­stall base and is there­fore an at­trac­tive tar­get for hack­ers.

It’s an open plat­form with in­nu­mer­able it­er­a­tions and hence is eas­ier to ex­ploit com­pared to a closed op­er­at­ing sys­tems. Nine­ty­nine per cent of all mo­bile mal­ware in 2013 tar­geted An­droid de­vices, it added. SP

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