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India Ranked As The Most Vulnerable Country To Cyber Attacks
A new report ranking various nation’s exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed to cyberattacks India had placed among the countries most vulnerable to cyberattacks. V S Subrahmanian discussed this research on Wednesday, March 9 at a panel discussion hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC. Subrahmanian noted that the goal was to characterize how vulnerable different countries were, identify their current cybersecurity policies and determine how those policies might need to change in response to this new information. The researchers based their rankings, in part, on the number of machines attacked in a given country and the number of times each machine was attacked. The researchers integrated all of the data to help shape specific policy recommendations for each of the countries studied, including strategic investments in education, research and public-private partnerships.
Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC
(IANS) “Our goal was to characterise how vulnerable different countries were, identify their current cyber-security policies and determine how those policies might need to change in response to this new information,” said Subrahmanian, with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).
Damaging cyber-attacks on a global scale continue to surface every day.
Some nations are better prepared than others to deal with online threats from criminals, terrorists and rogue nations. The authors conducted a two-year study that analysed more than 20 billion automatically generated reports, collected from four million machines per year worldwide. Machines using Symantec anti-virus software automatically generated these reports, but only when a machine’s user opted in to provide the data.
People and even experts also worry about cyber attack:
About the relative vulnerability (to cyber-attack) of certain countries. The authors of this book succeed in empirically refuting many of those wrong beliefs,” said Isaac Ben-Israel, chair of the Israel Space Agency and former head of that nation’s National Cyber Bureau, in a foreword to the book. The co-authors on the book are Michael Ovelgonne, a former UMIACS postdoctoral researcher; Tudor Dumitras, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Maryland Cybersecurity Centre; and B. Aditya Prakash, assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech. When it comes to vulnerability to cyber-attacks, India along with China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea is most vulnerable, says research led by an Indian-American scientist.
While the US is ranked 11th safest of 44 nations studied, several Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Norway and Finland were ranked the safest in the book authored by V.S. Subrahmanian, professor of computer science at the University of Maryland.