HIGHLIGHTS

  • The government — the Centre and states — is the main target of cyber attacks
  • In 2015 and 2016, the government sector accounted for 27% and 29% of all cyber attacks
  • Other sectors high on the priority list of cyber criminals are banking, energy, telecom and defence
In the next few years, India will face increasingly sophisticated “destructive” cyber threats as compared to the “disruptive” attacks in the Indian cyberspace that are currently adding up to 200 million malware-related and 1,90,000 “unique” intrusions in any given week.

India’s cyber security chief Gulshan Rai told Parliament’s finance standing committee recently that cyber threats had evolved swiftly from viruses and “nuisance” attacks in the early 2000s to sophisticated malware and advanced denial of service, and could pose the risk of severely destructive attacks by 2020.

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