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Cyber attacks on industry due to negligence, says DGP

PANAJI: Highlighting the incidence of cyber attacks across the country, Dr Muktesh Chander, Director General of Police, Goa, on Thursday, said that, most of the cyber attacks are due to the negligence of the users and lack  of investment on online protective measures.

The Director General of Police, added that, extensive use of virtual assistance has exposed people to indirect cyber threats.

“Everything that you say to a virtual assistant such as Alexa is collected in the form of  data and is a form of spying. Also when users blindly double tap on links or accept terms and conditions without giving a glance then they may get caught in the hacker’s trap,” he said.

Dr Chander was speaking at an  awareness programme on cyber security for industries organised by the women’s wing of  GCCI where he was the key note speaker.

The seminar focused on practices and procedures for protection of sensitive personal data of individuals. According to the DGP, ISO certified companies are more secured against cyber attacks vis-à-vis non ISO companies.

“GCCI can take up the initiative and take a head count of the ISO certified organisations in Goa to get a better understanding of the cyber security level at the industry level,” suggested Chander.

The seminar received participation from local entrepreneurs, students and IT professionals. The seminar advocated cyber security measures such as use of secure hardware, rigorous access control and authentication, anti-malware software and it’s upgradation, firewall, disabling remote access to system and use of encryption among others.

Panelists in the seminar also included Bidesh Chitnis a certified information systems auditor and Ambar Kamat, director, Eintellize Infotech.

The seminar aimed at creating awareness on cyber security among the Goan industry and to initiate measures to protect companies against such crime.

With  businesses  increasingly  dependent  on computers  and  internet  for connectivity and continuity of their business  activities  like banking, computing, B2B and B2C communications, data storage, etc, it has become  very  important and necessary to secure and protect their  systems, networks and the data from cyber threat or attacks, said a GCCI official.

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