“The department, with the support of ITU, will jointly organize a cyber drill from November 28 to December 3 in government departments, businesses and public sector agencies,” an official source told ETTelecom.
The ITU, an agency of the United Nations, organizes such exercises around the world each year in which cyberattacks, phishing and other information security breaches are simulated to test organizational capacities to thwart or to minimize the impact.
The official further said that the Emergency Response Center of India or Computer Emergency Response Team India (Cert-In) and National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) office have been informed of the proposed cybersecurity exercise.
The idea, according to him, is to sensitize the various ministries and public sector bodies so that their strategies and procedures can be validated in terms of intervention, prevention, recovery and business continuity mechanism.
In the first half of this year, more than 600,000 cyberattacks were reported in India, including nearly 12,000 incidents in government organizations, according to CERT-In which tracks and monitors cybersecurity incidents in the country.
Last year, a total of 11,58,208 cybersecurity incidents were reported.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, 70,798, 85,797 and 54,314 cybersecurity cases were reported in government organizations respectively.
With nearly 750 million Internet users and nearly 1.20 billion mobile phone users, vulnerabilities have multiplied in India, which seems to be becoming one of the countries of choice for cybercriminals.
The National Cyber Security Strategy which calls for action-backed procedures has yet to get the green light from Cabinet, however. 47 to 10 in the latest Global Cybersecurity Index.