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New Delhi: Threat of cybercrime looms large in India as nearly 72 per cent Indian companies facing cyber attacks in 2015 with financial gain or corporate espionage the main motives, professional services firm KPMG said on Monday.

To get a pulse of cyber crime in India and unearth its extent and modus operandi, KPMG, for its ‘The Cybercrime Survey Report 2015’, surveyed 250 top business executives in the capacities of CIO, CISO, CAE, CRO and COO and found 94 percent respondents indicating cybercrime to be a major threat.

“The last few years have seen a multi-fold increase in cyber crimes across regions and sectors. Given the proliferation of connected technologies, organisations today face a significant challenge to be resilient against cyber attacks and incidents,” said KPMG’s head, risk consulting, Mritunjay Kapur in a statement.

However, according to the survey, only 41 percent of the respondents said cyber crime figured in their organisation’s board agenda and the spend on cyber defence mechanism is less than five percent of the IT spend in Indian firms.

“Cyber risk assessment is not a focus area for several enterprises across functions and people. Their emphasis is only on technology with 74 per cent respondents stating that a detailed annual IT and cyber risk assessment is not carried out,” it said.

Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector is the top target for cyber crime in India as highlighted by 74 percent of the respondents followed by pharmaceutical industry while 63 percent respondents indicated that cyber crimes more often than not amount to gross financial loss.

Nearly 83 percent of the respondents believed in external involvement in cyber attacks while 64 percent respondents said directors and management are the most vulnerable targets.

Kapur also noted that the nature of cybercrime is “constantly evolving, specifically with attackers having a solid arsenal of the ever evolving stealth attack”.

KPMG India’s head, forensics, Mohit Bahl said, “Organisations need to strengthen their cyber incident response process along with building strong prevention and detection systems. Cyber forensics, therefore, is becoming a critical component of fraud investigations.”

Analysing the impact and complexity of cybercrime in India, the report said, “As businesses throw their doors open to technology, they also expose themselves to the risk of cybercrime that can have far-reaching damages ranging from financial, reputational, operational and in certain scenarios, can also impact the physical safety of employees and assets.”

According to 65 percent of the respondents, potentially vulnerable system targets include email servers while 46 percent respondents indicated end user systems.

“People and vendors are one of the many critical yet one of the weakest links in the cyber defence chain. Cyber investigations of large cybercrimes reveal that social engineering has predominantly been one of the preferred methods to extract critical information,” said KPMG India partner Atul Gupta.

(IANS)

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‘Digital drive brings India closer to cyber attack risk’

"Countries like India are developing very fast which opens doors for more cyber attacks," MD of Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific added.

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  • India remains one of the prey of hackers
  • One of the recent attacks included WannaCrypt
  • The most vulnerable targets are the financial institutions

Rajnish Singh

Singapore, July 16: India’s growing economy and digital push have caught the attention of hackers and an increasing wave of cyber attacks could soon badly impact the country, experts from Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab have warned.

India and other South Asian countries are now on the radar of cyber attackers, said experts, adding that the government and corporates need to procure state-of-the-art, New Age security solutions to thwart their plans.

The impact of recent global cyber attacks were clearly visible in India as “WannaCrypt” — that affected 150 countries globally — and the recent “Petya” malware attack hit computers in the country.

“India’s growing economy and digitalisation are really a big concern as cyber attackers have now begun focusing on developing countries with big populations and average incomes,” Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and Chief Executive of Kaspersky Lab, told IANS on the sidelines of the recently-concluded “Interpol World 2017” conference in Singapore’s Suntec City.

His comments came as the Moscow-based cyber security firm found that the “Petya” attack hit Gateway Terminal India operated by AP Moller-Maersk at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), a facility near Mumbai which is India’s biggest container port.

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There are considerable hike in malware attacks due to rampant digitization

The terminal was unable to load or unload because of the attack as it failed to identify which shipment belongs to whom.

According to Vitaly Kamluk, Director of Global Research and Analysis Team for APAC at Kaspersky Labs, there was no cyber security threat till 2010 and India was quite safe till then.

But now, India and other “developing countries are most vulnerable, especially the financial sector. We perceive that banks are most vulnerable in India”, Kamluk told IANS.

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific, stressed the need to educate people to save them from becoming victims of cyber attacks.

“As India’s economy is growing fast, more and more people are now getting access to Internet. They have 4G access and Android devices are becoming popular. They need to be educated about anti-virus solutions as mandatory for devices and be made aware about not falling for phishing attacks,” Neumeier emphasised.

He suggested that malicious emails or links should also be part of the awareness process.

“Countries like India are developing very fast which opens doors for more cyber attacks,” Neumeier added.

The experts also recalled how over 200,000 users were affected in 150 countries after the “WannaCrypt” virus attack which paralysed computers — with a demand being made for a payment of $300 in bitcoins (crypto-currency or virtual currency) for a system to be unblocked.

Citing reports, Kaspersky Lab said that cyber crime costs the world $450 billion per year, which is almost the annual budget of Russia, China and Japan.

The experts said the hackers target government ministries, banks, utilities, other key infrastructure and companies nationwide, demanding ransom in crypto-currency.

Giving the example of Bangladesh, the experts said the hackers recently made a bank heist in the country and made away with $1 billion in one attack, since the security was vulnerable.

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