Excerpt from Wion Article – Published on Oct 08, 2023

In a concerning revelation, India has faced an alarming average of 1,787 cyber-attacks per week in the last six months, significantly surpassing the global average of 983, reports Check Point Software Technologies. The recent cyber assault on the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) underscores the pressing need for heightened cybersecurity measures in the country’s healthcare sector.

The motivation behind the relentless targeting of India, according to Dr. Ananth Prabhu G, a cyber law and security expert, is rooted in its massive population, expanding internet user base, and accelerating digital modernization. The healthcare sector, in particular, has become a prime target due to the nationwide initiative to digitize medical data launched in 2021, encompassing over 173,000 hospitals.

Health-related data proves lucrative for cybercriminals, holding vast amounts of personally identifiable information and sensitive medical records. Dr. Prabhu G highlights the sector’s vulnerability, citing weaker security measures compared to other industries and often prioritizing patient care over robust cybersecurity.

As India grapples with the surge in cyber threats exacerbated by increased digitalization, experts advocate a collaborative and comprehensive approach. Dr. Prabhu G emphasizes the urgent need for enhanced collaboration between government agencies, the private sector, and cybersecurity experts. Prioritizing robust cybersecurity measures, education, training programs, adequate resources, legislation, international cooperation, and sector-specific awareness initiatives are crucial steps in fortifying the nation’s digital landscape.

Addressing the imminent risks, Dr. Prabhu G calls for the implementation of the Digital India Act, stressing the imperative need to thwart cybercriminals’ ability to penetrate the Indian cybersecurity system. With technology advancing rapidly, these measures aim to create a collective defense against cyber threats, protect sensitive data, and secure India’s digital future.

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