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Beware Of Your Personal Data Stored Online

The risks of data loss grow with more and more people working outside of your network. Therefore, the need to protect your business roadmap, your product database, your customer files and your reputation is important now, more than ever.

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Aiming to raise awareness and promote data protection practices, top cyber security experts have advised there is a serious need to be alert and aware about how data is collected, used and shared and what steps need to be taken to better manage personal information.

“Be careful about what information you send via email. Ask yourself, could there be an implication if someone was to access this information,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director – Sales, India and SAARC, Sophos.

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“The risks of data loss grow with more and more people working outside of your network. Therefore, the need to protect your business roadmap, your product database, your customer files and your reputation is important now, more than ever,” Sharma told IANS on the ocassion of Data Privacy Day that aims to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy and safeguard data.

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“Data Privacy Day is a timely reminder for organisations that maintaining privacy of customers and employees data is a continuous work and must be defended against ever-evolving cyber threats,” added Surendra Singh, Country Director – Indian and SAARC, Forcepoint.

“Cybersecurity needs to be more than skin-deep, and in order to outpace the evolution of attacks, must look to adopt differentiated approach- such as behaviour based cybersecurity — to stop breaches before they occur,” Singh added. (IANS)

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61% Indian Business Leaders Fear Cybercrime Risk During Covid-19

61% of Indian business owners think their business may experience cybercrime during Covid-19

SMBs believe that cybercrime is more likely to occur during Covid-19 situation than before. Pixabay

About 61 per cent of Indian business leaders and decision-makers think their business is more likely to experience a serious cybercrime during the Covid-19 situation as opposed to 45 per cent globally, said a survey on Tuesday.

About a third of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that cybecrime is more likely to occur during Covid-19 situation than before, showed the study by US-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

From February to March alone, CrowdStrike found that there was a 100x increase in Covid-19 themed malicious files.

Interestingly 62 per cent of Indian businesses surveyed, the highest among all the countries surveyed, provided additional training for their staff to learn how to avoid threats and Cybercrime while working from home.

The “CrowdStrike Work Security Index” surveyed 4,048 senior decision-makers in India, Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, and the U.S across major industry sectors.

62 per cent of Indian businesses surveyed provided additional training for their staff to learn how to avoid threats while working from home. Pixabay

The survey looked into the attitudes and behaviours towards cybersecurity during the Covid-19 situation.

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It included responses from 526 Indian decision-makers across small, medium and large business enterprises.

The survey revealed that a large majority of respondents around the globe are now working remotely, with more than half of them working remotely directly as a result of the pandemic.

This, in turn has given rise to the use of personal devices, including laptops and mobile devices, for work purposes, with 60 per cent of respondents reporting that they are using personal devices to complete work — with countries like Singapore and India even reaching 70 per cent or higher in personal device usage. (IANS)

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Cybercrime on Rise During Pandemic, Warns UN

There has been a 600 percent increase in malicious emails during the ongoing pandemic

A Toyota Hybrid during a test for hackers at the Cybersecurity Conference in Lille, northern France, Jan. 29, 2020. VOA

The U.N. disarmament chief said the COVID-19 pandemic is moving the world toward increased technological innovation and online collaboration but warned that “cybercrime is also on the rise, with a 600 percent increase in malicious emails during the current crisis.”, as suggested by Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news.

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

She said growing digital dependency has increased the vulnerability to cyberattacks, and “it is estimated that one such attack takes place every 39 seconds.”

According to the International Telecommunication Union, “nearly 90 countries are still only at the early stages of making commitments to cybersecurity,” Nakamitsu said.

Nearly 90 countries are still only at the early stages of making commitments to cybersecurity. Pixabay

The high representative for disarmament affairs said the threat from misusing information and communications technology “is urgent.” But she said there is also good news, pointing to some global progress at the United Nations to address the threats as a result of the development of norms for the use of such technology.

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Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, whose country holds the Security Council presidency and organized Friday’s meeting on cyber stability and advancing responsible government behavior in cyberspace, said “the COVID-19 crisis has put extra pressure on our critical services in terms of cybersecurity.”

He said the need for “a secure and functioning cyberspace” is therefore more pressing than ever, and he condemned cyberattacks targeting hospitals, medical research facilities and other infrastructure, especially during the pandemic.

“Those attacks are unacceptable,” Ratas said. “It will be important to hold the offenders responsible for their behavior.” VOA

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Boy’s Locker Room: Is the Virtual World Safe Enough for Women?

Let's throw light upon a recent Cybercrime incident in Delhi

Screenshot via Instagram handle @niskanagpal

By Muskan Bhatnagar

They say the environment is not safe for women outside these days. My question is, are they safe in the virtual world of social media? Are they safe inside their homes, just using their mobile phones? The answer is a complete NO, it seems. The debates seem to be endless on such topics but, real or virtual doesn’t matter, women can’t feel safe has to be a fact. Online harassment and cyberbullying seem to be a major threat to women. And the number of cases tends to increase each day.

Women account for only 30% of social media users, out of which 41% of women have faced online harassment according to a survey conducted in 2017.

With this, let’s bring in light the recent horrifying case of Delhi schoolboys glorifying Gang rape in a chat group named “boy’s locker room”.

The incident revolves around a group of teenage boys who made a chat group on social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat and allegedly used it to share pictures of underaged girls, pass lewd comments on their body, objectify them and plan to ‘gang rape’ them. The group of boys was busted when a south Delhi girl shared a screenshot of the chat group on twitter.

“A group of south Delhi guys aged 17-18 types have this Instagram group chat named ‘boy’s locker room’ where they shit on, objectify and morph pictures of girls their age. 2 boys from my school are a part of it. MY FRIENDS AND I ARE FREAKING OUT THIS IS SO EWWW AND NOW MY MOM WANTS ME TO QUIT IG (sic),” the Twitter user wrote as she busted the boys.

The incident has taken the internet by storm and is getting a high amount of coverage as many teenagers have identified the perpetrators as their classmates and known. Users demand police action against the boys who passed offensive comments. Many stories are circulating around the internet about the incident.

Screenshot via Instagram handle @niskanagpal

Most of the boys involved in the shameful incident belong to the age category of 15 to 18 years and study in well-known schools of Delhi. Then why is it so that boys who aren’t even adults yet are passing such derogatory remarks on women? Is it the lack of sex education? Or excessive privilege is given to teenagers? Is this the freedom of speech and expression we talk about? Or the inessential accessibility to social media and the internet?

The women seem to be furious and disgusted with the act but not many seem to be shocked. The reason being that the rape culture and objectification of women is getting so prevalent in the society that it has normalized within our mindsets. Women seem to have accepted that this mentality persists in society as such cases are coming in light almost every day. Women always tend to take a stand for themselves, fight for their dignity but it’s been years and they haven’t received anything for that matter.

Each time a girl or a woman takes a stand for herself, there’s a constant fear in the back of her mind. Fear of being threatened, fear of being followed, fear of being a victim, and whatnot. Taking a stand for yourself in a world where it is so easy for minor boys to ‘plan a gang rape’ of a girl is a difficult task.

There may be hundreds of women who might quit social media or remove their pictures from their social media handles after this episode.

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This incident is an objectification of women, especially and unfortunately underaged girls, and shows the male toxicity prevalent in society for ages. Still, we come across people who rather than talking about the cause, are speaking for and against the people involved, and are arguing within themselves on social media. Some taking stands for perpetrators, some talking against the victims, some glorifying the accounts of the people who brought the incident in light.

Well, it’s not about questioning the ‘Inactive members of the group’ or the ‘Past of the victims’ anymore. It’s totally and completely about the rape mindset which has been rooted in the minds of underaged boys, which can be a threat to society. It’s about taking a stand for women and speaking for the cause. It’s about being able to make a change in society and the mindset which we have been failing to change for years. It’s about the audacity of underaged boys to freely plan a gang rape of a girl and their audacity to pass lewd comments on females with no regrets.

This has to be one of the most shameful incidents of cybercrime as both the victims as well as the perpetrators are underaged.