Cybercrime increased 500% during pandemic: Chief of Defense Staff

General Bipin Rawat insists on the need for a national framework to thwart uploading.

The Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, stressed the need for a national framework to thwart the cyber attacks that are on the rise in the country.

As a national cybersecurity strategy looms, the country also urgently needs a data protection law, with cybercriminals increasingly arming data as a tool against national security in the post-era era. -pandemic, he added.

General Rawat was delivering the inaugural address at the 14th edition of c0c0n, the annual Kerala Police Cyber ​​Security and Hacking Conference, which officially kicked off on Friday.

Digital payments

With data gradually transcending into the open domain with many companies allowing employees to work from home amid the pandemic, sensitive information has become susceptible to security vulnerabilities. The rise of digital payments has also increased complex cybercrime.

“Cybercrime increased by almost 500% in India during the global pandemic. We must take into account the emerging threats of new technologies such as drones, ransomware, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and also the role of nation states in such cyber attacks. Lockdown, which has witnessed a greater adoption of interconnected devices and the hybrid work environment, has increased our reliance on technology. It makes us digitally more vulnerable than ever, ”he said.

Highlighting the possibility that government officials who deal with sensitive information will become prime targets for cyber attacks, General Rawat lamented the fragmented approach that prevailed in managing the threat. The national cybersecurity strategy aimed to merge individual cybersecurity prowess, he said.

New age changes

General Rawat said the 2000 Information Technology Act, which deals with cybersecurity and cybercrime, is not equipped to accommodate a new era’s changes in the way businesses operate. companies and operating mode crimes in cyberspace.

The CDS also deplored the delay in the adoption of the bill on the protection of personal data which had been tabled in Parliament two years ago. “Data is the new gold mine for any organization, especially for the bad stuff lurking in the dark web. As cybercriminals and hostile actors increasingly use information to threaten national security, the issue is of great concern, ”General Rawat said.

State Police Chief Anil Kant, Deputy Director General of Police Manoj Abraham, President of the Information Security Research Association (ISRA) Manu Zacharia and Executive Director of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB) Bessie Pang also spoke on this occasion.


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