A recent report by the Bengaluru-based analytics and cybersecurity firm suggests that India faced the most cyberattacks in the world in the last quarter of 2019. The report states, “The US was the most targeted nation in the world in 2019. However, in the second quarter, India surpassed the US. Throughout the year, India was in the top 5 (countries) especially after March 2019.”
The information shared by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) states that India is poised with cyberattacks initiated from various countries. Most of these attacks started from Pakistan, Algeria, Brazil, China, France, Netherlands, North Korea, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, USA and Vietnam.
In a reply to the Lok Sabha, ministry of electronics and information technology said, “With the increase in the proliferation of Information Technology and related services there is a rise in cybersecurity incidents in the country as well as globally. There have been attempts from time to time to launch cyber-attacks on Indian cyberspace. It has been observed that attackers are compromising computer systems located in different parts of the world and use masquerading techniques and hidden servers to hide the identity of actual systems from which the attacks are being launched.”
Even small businesses in the country need to take cybersecurity seriously. The Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky states that 41% users rely on an unsupported desktop operating systems like Windows XP or Windows 7. Over 40% of small businesses continue to use these operating systems.