“Early adoption of cyber hygiene is key to combating security threats”
Inculcating cyber hygiene values at a young age is key to countering cyber security threats, said Sanjay Kumar Das, Joint Secretary (Department of IT and Electronics), Government of West Bengal.
Talk to DH On the sidelines of a cybersecurity congress organized by the Infosec Foundation, a Kolkata-based non-profit organization, Das said a bottom-up approach is a way forward to close the gaps in awareness of cyber hygiene practices, that facilitate cybercrimes.
He said states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are doing a commendable job of addressing emerging cybersecurity challenges even as technologies are changing at a breakneck pace.
Speaking about the threats posed by unregulated digital loan apps and aggressive recovery methods, he said customers need to understand the importance of due diligence and ask themselves basic questions such as “Why is this loan to me? -he proposes ?” before accepting loans.
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“We need to educate students about these practices, from schools to colleges. The focus should be on the cause, not the result. Fake loan applications are a result,” he said.
Das said that Cyber Security Center of Excellence of IT and Electronics Department of West Bengal has launched awareness initiatives including a comic book featuring stories of 12 common cyber crimes including marriage fraud, phishing, fake phone calls banks and fake modeling offers.
Focus on new challenges
Cybersecurity experts discussed the challenges of meeting global internet security standards during congress sessions.
Sushobhan Mukherjee, President of the Infosec Foundation, said DH that the congress aimed to provide a platform for stakeholders, including governments, industry and the public, to collaborate on solutions to cybersecurity challenges.
During a moderated session on applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in cybersecurity, experts highlighted the effectiveness of AI systems in responding to malware and other forms of cyberaggression.
The session also saw panelists caution users against developing a “false sense of security” with AI systems.