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Digital revolution may have been a recent phenomenon in India, but it did not take us long to embrace it. Today, the Indian society is rejoicing the benefits of digitalization in niche fields and industries, especially with demonetization hitting the economy recently. However, over the years, there has also been an increase in the cases of data breaches and manipulation.
Cybercrime on rise
The newly appointed National Cyber Security Coordinator Head, Dr.Gulshan Rai mentioned that there was a whopping 50% rise in cybercrimes in the year 2013. Furthermore, 1791 cybercrime cases were registered in the year 2011, which grew to 8,045 in the year 2015! Therefore, here’s a look at some of the biggest cybercrimes of India:
- Hackers breached the website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and stole the data of approximately 10 million customers. Consequently, a lot of damage occurred.
- 912 cybercrimes were registered in Mumbai alone in 2015. Furthermore, out of these 912 cases, 178 cases were related to creating fake Facebook profiles and uploading of obscene media.
- Flipkart co-founder, Binny Bansal’s email account was hacked to send two emails to the Chief Financial Officer of the firm demanding a transfer of $80,000.
If you think it’s only the big names and brands that are prone to cyber-attacks, then you are wrong. Everyone who earns online, sells online, operates e-commerce portals, undertakes transactions online is vulnerable. An individual transacting online cannot undertake cyber security on his own unless his vendor, bank or his favourite online shopping portal takes an initiative.
Want to know how you can stay protected from cybercrime? Then join us for our next talk of the Digital Transformation Thought Leadership Series on “Cybersecurity: Challenges and the Road Ahead.”
Date: 18 January 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 01.30 p.m.
Venue: Manipal Global Academy of IT
Key speakers at the event include
- Robin Ram Mohan Doss, Deputy Head of School, Deakin University
- Dr. Anand Kumar – Global Integrated Delivery Leader, IBM Security BU
- Mr. Vikram Dhar – Global Integrated Delivery Relationship Manager – MEA, Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, IBM Security Services, IBM Security BU
- Yogesh Kumar Bhatt, Head and Director, Manipal Global Academy of IT
- Shastri T. R., Joint Director, Manipal Academy of Banking
These experts will talk in-depth about the present state of cybercrime and cybersecurity in India. In addition to that, they will also suggest ways to stay safe from cyber threats.
You can also join us live on Facebook from 10.30 am to 12 pm on January 18, 2017.
About the Author:
Dr. Yogesh Bhat
Head and Director
Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT)
Dr. Yogesh is a Graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee; Post-Graduate from CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and Fellow (Doctorate) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
Dr. Yogesh Kumar Bhatt is the Vice-President – IT Education and Training at Manipal Global Education (MaGE). He heads Manipal Academy of Information Technology, and looks after entire academic development and delivery of programs for Information Technology vertical. Furthermore, he has around two decades of experience involving employee competency development, education, training, delivery and consulting in Information Technology sector.
Prior to joining MaGE, he has worked for 16 years with Infosys, spending this time across various functions and roles. His last role at Infosys was as the Associate Vice President and Head.