After 373 hacks between 2018 and 2023, an Indian parliamentary house group said that central and state government websites needed to be safer online. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) provided the information to the committee on communications and information technology. On February 8, the committee gave a report calling on the government to strengthen important digital infrastructure.
Government offices are at risk because of old software
The committee also pointed out that some government offices were using tablets and computers with old software, which left them open to cyberattacks. MeitY has put out guidelines on how to keep government cyber infrastructure safe, but the committee stressed how important it was to follow these guidelines and suggested that the ministry update all of government infrastructure to be ready for cyber attacks.
Cyberattacks are most common in India
In October 2023, Microsoft released a study that said India is one of the main places where nation-state actors launch cyberattacks. It is one of the three countries most often attacked by nation-state actors and is the target of 13% of all cyberattacks in the Asia-Pacific area. However, the study also warned that hackers might use artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out cyberattacks. Microsoft stressed how important responsible AI practices are for keeping users' trust, protecting their privacy, and getting long-term benefits.
In summary, the Indian parliamentary house panel's cyber security effort is necessary given the rise in website hacking. Strengthening government website protections is urgent after 373 websites were compromised in five years. Cybersecurity must be strengthened to protect the national digital infrastructure.
(Inputs from agencies)
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