February 28, 2018

Are you cyber smart?

Are you a Management Professional, an Investment Banker, an Engineer, a Doctor or a Lawyer or may be the one who is still coaxed to pursue your profession in one of these departments.

THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU TAKE A STEP

Sunder Pichai (CEO GOOGLE) quotes that India will be a global player in the digital economy. Recently Indian government has warned all the organizations to be secure from the recent ransomware ‘Locky’ which has sent more than 23 Million messages in the form of an email that contains subjects like “Please Print”, “Documents”, “Photos”, “Images”, “Scans” and “Pictures”. The said ransomware has demanded half a Bitcoin equivalent to 1.5 lakh for the repair. Here how can we forget “wannacry” and “Petya” which has created havoc all over the world affecting 150 countries damaging 2,00,000 computers.

Forbes in their May 2017 edition says that People are the weakest link in the security chain when it comes to Cyber Security. Besides creating awareness and bridge the skills gap, it is more important to realm the fact that there has to be a change in behavioral activities and this issue needs to be addressed on the priority. 2017 Internet Cyber Security Threat report of Symantec revealed that India if 5th most vulnerable country in terms of cyber security breaches after US, UK, Canada and Australia.

The problem is; though the cyber security risks are ‘pretty high’ yet the number of skilled professionals in this field is ‘woefully low’. 2013 National Cyber Security Policy had raised the need of 5, 00,000 cyber skilled professionals. However CISOcybersecurity.com states that India only had 60,000 cyber security professionals in 2017. Ministry of law and Justice of India Ravi Shankar Prasad in his recent statement said , “Every digitally connected industry must have cyber security officers who must be able to tell you what precautions you must take in an industry and business to keep cyber criminals at bay that is what we are insisting.”

In the wake of choosing a career rather a safeguard you would be amazed to know that India’s digital economy is worth $500 million and there is a huge gap that needs to be bridged. It would not be wrong to say that “it’s raining jobs for cyber security professionals” and it is the NEXT BIG THING.

So step out, gain knowledge and be a CYBER SMART because it is you what the country demands.

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