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Due To Increasing Cybercrime, Government Proposes Cyber Forensics University To Tackle The Situation

The opening of Cyber Forensic University will give a big boost to the cyber security industry

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As hackers evolve new mechanisms to infiltrate into systems, 61 per cent Indian enterprises say the risk of cyber attacks is stalling their digitalisation progress, said a December study by leading cybersecurity firm Forcepoint along with Frost & Sullivan. Pixabay

With cyber crimes increasing at a rapid rate, the government on Saturday proposed National Police University and National Forensic Science University for policing science, forensic science and cyber-forensics.

A single organisation in India was attacked an alarming 1,565 times per week on an average in the second half of 2019, compared to 474 attacks per organisation globally, according to researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Research.

As hackers evolve new mechanisms to infiltrate into systems, 61 per cent Indian enterprises say the risk of cyber attacks is stalling their digitalisation progress, said a December study by leading cybersecurity firm Forcepoint along with Frost & Sullivan.

“The need for cyber forensics has become more important than ever for a rapidly digitising country like India. The setting up of a cyber forensics university is a welcome move from the government. This will definitely help improve India’s expertise to solve complex cyber crimes,” said Sanjay Katkar, Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Quick Heal Technologies.

Saket Modi, Co-founder and CEO, Lucideus, said the proposal of a national cyber forensic university would not only boost cybersecurity skills, but also help develop a more mature cybersecurity ecosystem in India.

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With cyber crimes increasing at a rapid rate, the government on Saturday proposed National Police University and National Forensic Science University for policing science, forensic science and cyber-forensics. Pixabay

“The opening of Cyber Forensic University will give a big boost to the cyber security industry,” said Trishneet Arora, Founder and CEO, TAC Security.

According to a recent report, Indian IT managers detected 39 per cent of threats on servers, 35 per cent on the network and 8 per cent on endpoints and 18 per cent on mobile.

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“Additionally, 90 per cent of IT managers believe cybersecurity awareness and education among employees is a major challenge for organisations. We need more impetus on building skilled cybersecurity professionals in the country,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director–Sales, Sophos India & SAARC. (IANS)

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India’s Lockdown Disrupts Functioning of Amazon and Flipkart

Amazon India Delivery and functioning of Essential Goods via. E-commerce companies Disrupted

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India's coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart. Pixabay

India’s coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart, despite government assurances it would not, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Differing state and district level regulations relating to the 21-day lockdown, which began on Wednesday, are hindering operations, the sources said on Friday, with e-commerce firms finding it difficult to get curfew passes for delivery staff.

The disruptions highlight the difficulties of ensuring the supply of essential goods to 1.3 billion people during the shutdown in India, which has so far reported 724 cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths. Most of Amazon’s 60 plus fulfillment centers in India are shut and the U.S. company is in talks with state authorities to try to reopen them, three of the sources said. Industry executives say local authorities have not followed guidelines, stopping deliveries and warehouses from operating.

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A sign is lit on the facade of an Amazon fulfillment center. VOA

“It’s worse than one can think,” one source said, while a second added that only a “miniscule” number of Amazon warehouses were operating, citing this as a key reason for disruptions. Even when operations do begin to return to normal, it will only be in major cities, the second source added.

Amazon said in a statement that its top priority was to deliver the products which customers need the most and it was seeking urgent help from federal government and local authorities with detailed on-the-ground operating procedures. In New Delhi, Amazon’s Pantry service was suspended and the delivery slot for essential goods, such as oil and soaps, was shown as being April 26.

“There are clear guidelines provided by Government to enable essential services, and so we are working with the relevant authorities to ensure we are able to operate,” Amazon said on Twitter in response to questions from users in India.

Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting with e-commerce executives on Thursday and said the government was “committed to ensuring that essential goods reach the people.”

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Walmart-owned Flipkart has also been hit, with some grocery items which had been available earlier on Friday in New Delhi intermittently going out of stock. A source familiar with the situation said Flipkart was facing challenges with last-mile delivery of goods once they leave its warehouse due to restrictions on movement.

Flipkart said in a statement it had resumed grocery operations and there was a significant spike in orders. “We are enhancing capacity to meet the increase in customer requirements,” it said, adding it had received support from local and federal authorities.  (VOA)