How COVID19 has made Cybersecurity more significant?

Coronavirus or COVID19 has increased the dependency on Digital networks for carrying out professional activities. Thus, the significance of COVID19 on Cybersecurity is inevitable. The following are the prominent cyberattacks that occurred during the COVID19 pandemic:

· Zoomcar data hacked. The hacker is offering to sell data of 9 million Zoomcar users for $300. Know more.

· Hackers had hacked Unacademy and had put up the data for sale. Know more.

· Cybercriminals have been targeting U.S. military organizations with coronavirus-related spear-phishing schemes, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) said Monday in a release. “Even though many supplies, services and leisure activities have slowed down or come to a screeching halt, the one thing that has remained the same — or even gained momentum — is cyber espionage,” the DC3 said in the announcement.

· Security breach in the COVID19 tracking app in India, Aarogya Setu. Know more.

· Hackers had sold Zoom critical zero-day exploits on the dark web.

· Anonymous hacker group re-emerging after 4 years and the group has since allegedly taken down the Minneapolis Police Department’s website and has also released documents that appear to prove. Among other things, the killing of Princess Diana by Britain’s royal family, and allegations of rape of a 13-year-old by now US president, Donald Trump.

· A cyber-attack occurs every 39 seconds.

Besides the use of AI to replace humans in repetitive tasks, data becomes an important asset to achieve global power.

Cyber security assumes a lot of importance in 2021 because:-

  • As a result of the increased availability of high-speed internet, rapid digitization happening globally there’s an equivalent growth in cybercrimes to gain unauthorized access to confidential and sensitive information, data and network security assume prioritized significance.
  • Cyber related crimes are estimated to cause damages of about $6tn worldwide.
  • Since its the fastest-growing segment, the market grew by 35X over 13 years.
  • Forbes stated “Cybersecurity – job sector of the future” in one of its articles. The focus would be on cybersecurity in the next 5 years throughout the world by private companies & national governments.
  • A huge supply gap estimated because approximately 3.5 million vacancies will be present in the cybersecurity job sector by 2021.
  • Promotion of the Digital India scheme by the Government of India through.
  • Exponential growth in online transactions.
  • Digitization of government records.
  • Citizens availing e-services from businesses and the government ever-increasing.
  • Hacktivism being identified as a form of protest.
  • Relatively low awareness among the masses about Cyber threats.

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