India is fast becoming a strategic target for cyber-criminals due to the expected digitisation of potentially sensitive information through the high-profile projects such as Digital India, security solutions firm FireEye has warned.
In its report titled ‘1H 2015 Regional Advanced Threat’ for Asia Pacific, FireEye chief technology officer (APAC) Bryce Boland said, “As India embarks on ambitious technology projects, attackers are exploiting gaps to compromise critical networks. Indian organisations are more likely to be exposed to attacks than the global average”.
In the future, India’s growing economic clout and rising regional influence are likely to make it a more attractive target to threat groups, he added. “These threat groups seek access to intellectual property, intelligence and critical infrastructure,” Boland said.
The report found over 50% of telecom firms and government organisations have faced APT, with education and the high-tech industry not far behind across the APAC region.
Substantiating its argument, FireEye said it has identified 38 % of Indian organisations which were exposed to targeted advanced persistent attacks during January-June 2015, which is 23% higher from the corresponding period a year before.