Government To Strengthen Cyber Monitoring In India

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 29, 2014


Cyber crime including phishing, scanning, spam, malicious code and website intrusions that registered an annual increase of more than 40 percent in India over the past two years. Obscene publication, transmission of unauthorized contents, credit card and banking frauds are the key cyber crimes also bothered users in the recent months.

Experts believe government need to strengthen cyber monitoring in the wake of growing use of Internet and social media by global terror outfits like ISIS to indoctrinate the youth.

A data offered by the Home Ministry reveals as many as 71,780 cyber frauds were reported in 2013, while 22,060 such cases were reported in 2012. There have been 62,189 incidents of cyber frauds till June this year.  In 2013, a total of 28,481 Indian websites were hacked by various hacker groups spread across the globe. The number of hacking incidents were 27,605 in 2012 and 21,699 in 2011.

According to the data, there has been an annual increase of more than 40 per cent in cyber crime cases in the country during the past two-three years, with a fast growing economy is susceptible to international and domestic cyber attacks and there is a need to ensure cyber crime-free environment, the official told PTI.

The cyber attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyber space of a number of countries including the US, Europe, Brazil, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Algeria and the UAE.

Cyber criminals have compromised systems located in different parts of the world and user masquerading techniques and hidden servers to hide the identity of the actual system from which the attacks are being launched. Cyber space is virtual, borderless and anonymous due to which it becomes difficult to actually trace the origin of a cyber attack, the official said.

Meanwhile, the government has also initiated Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) project with the aim to develop human resource in the area of Information Security at various levels. Phase-I of the programme has been completed

All the ministries/departments of central government and state governments have been asked to implement the crisis management plan to counter cyber-attacks and cyber-terrorism, said the minister who mentioned that all major websites are being monitored regularly to detect malicious activities.

“All central government ministries or departments and state or Union Territory governments have been advised to conduct security auditing of entire Information Technology infrastructure. All the new government websites and applications are to be audited with respect to cyber-security prior to their hosting,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, CERT-In has empanelled a total number of 45 security auditors to carry out security audit of the IT infrastructure of government, public and private sector organizations.