Cyberattacks on Indian companies increased sharply after lockdown

New Delhi: – The incidence of cyberattacks has increased during the lockdown. A survey has revealed that 7 out of 10 companies are faced with cyberattacks. On Friday, there was a cyberattack on Dr Reddy’s company. This company recently announced the testing of Sputnik 5, the vaccine for Coronavirus developed by Russia, in India. Meanwhile, a meeting was held between India and the European Union regarding foreign policy and security. The issue of cybersecurity was one of the main topics discussed during the meeting.  

Work-From-HomeThe decision for lockdown had to be taken suddenly because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The companies had to change their working methods, owing to the lockdown. Many companies were not prepared for this change. Most of the employees were asked to work from home. Even today, most of the employees have been asked to work from home. But this has resulted in these companies facing frequent cyberattacks.   

There has been a 25% increase in the incidences of cyberattack since the companies asked the employees to work from home due to the lockdown. The Future of Secure Remote Work Report, released by Cisco, claims that 73% of the companies faced cyberattacks in the initial period of the lockdown.   

In the initial period of the lockdown, 63% of the companies faced the problem of secured access. 66% of the companies faced a problem with data privacy, and 62% of companies faced the challenge of security against Malware. This happened as the possibility increased of the viruses entering the system and the cyber attackers taking advantage of the distributed system in work from home scenario. Most of the companies in the country were not prepared to work from home, and they were unprepared for cybersecurity.   

But the Cisco survey reveals that now, 65% of the companies have equipped themselves with cybersecurity. This has resulted in an increase in investment in cybersecurity. 84% of the companies have said that cybersecurity is the highest priority. This survey was carried out in 21 countries of the world. These include 13 countries from the Asian continent, including India. 

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