Bhupesh Daheria, CEO, Aegis School of Data Science, speaks on the lack of implementation of Cybersecurity laws and the sectors vulnerable to cyber attacks. Edited excerpts:
India as a democracy is highly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Hacking or manipulating the voting machines and voting process is less likely; but influencing the political, social values of voter groups and manipulating the popularity of top leaders or tarnishing their reputations through systematic disinformation, fake news will be rampant and quite visible.
Six sectors will be most vulnerable to cyber attacks and cyber-support physical crimes – (i) BFSI (ii) Healthcare (iii) E-commerce and retail (iv) Education – Play schools to Universities (v) Hospitality / Hotels (vi) Telecommunication. The target objectives and the nature of violations will be diverse in each of these sectors – it could be harassment, bullying in education; corporate espionage. Banking, financial services, and Insurance (BFSI) sector need to be guarded against