Cybercrime went up by 500% during pandemic: Chief of Defence Staff

What is the News?

The Chief of Defence Staff has delivered an inaugural address of the 14th edition of c0c0n, the annual cyber security and hacking conference.

What are the key highlights of his address?

Increased cybercrime Incidents: Cybercrimes have gone up by almost 500% in India during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dependence on Technology: During the lockdown, the rise of Digital Payments, deeper adoption of interconnected devices and a hybrid work environment has increased our dependence on technology. This has made people vulnerable to cybercrime.

Not well-equipped law on Cyber crime: Information Technology Act, 2000, that dealt with cybersecurity and cybercrimes is not equipped to consider new-age changes in the mode of functioning of businesses and modus operandi of crimes in cyberspace.

What are the Suggestions provided?

Firstly, a National Cybersecurity Strategy is needed to deal with cyber attacks.

Secondly, a data protection law should be passed as cybercriminals are increasingly using data as a weapon against national security in the post-pandemic age.

Thirdly, the government needs to consider the emerging threats from new technologies such as drones, ransomware, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and also the role of nation-states in such cyber attacks.

Read more: Cyber attacks and Cyber Security in India

Source: This post is based on the article Cybercrime went up by 500% during pandemic: Chief of Defence Staff published by The Hindu on 13th November 2021.

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