Top 5 CyberTech Trends in India in Times of COVID-19 [Infographic]

While the world struggles with the impacts of COVID-19, cybercriminals see it as an opportunity. Since February, IBM X-Force has observed a 4,300 percent increase in coronavirus-themed spam. While organizations worry about newly pressing concerns—workforce well-being, shift to remote work, finance availability,  and the resiliency of operations and supply chains—cybersecurity focus is being overshadowed and risks are rising. IBM has identified 5 CyberTech trends that will impact India in times of COVID-19.

The tendency toward ad hoc decision making during crisis only accelerates the opportunity to exfiltrate data or compromise business operations. The potential impacts are more dangerous, too. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, for instance, can be far more damaging in an operational environment that is already strained for capacity than one launched when additional capacity is readily available.

Security leaders from SMBs to large enterprises need to continue their focus on the entire threat lifecycle which constitutes planning and detection, in-the-moment response and remediation –recovery. This will help to prepare for additional unforeseen scenarios.

Prashant Bhatkal, Security Software Leader, IBM India South Asia, says, “As an organization we have been working  with our clients even before the pandemic to build their Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan.  With COVID-19, organizations who were prepared managed to sail through while organizations that were insufficiently prepared in normal times have been caught completely off guard. With threat landscape evolving every day and work from home being the new normal, threat actors are finding newer ways to disrupt businesses. Clients today are looking for CyberTech which can help protect their data, provide end-to-end security across multiple environments, new authentication methods, monitoring services and most importantly re-imagine their risk assessment.”

IBM India has identified 5 CyberTech trends which will help security experts maintain constant vigilance and organizational agility across sectors like Manufacturing, BFSI, Telecom, Government, Healthcare, Auto, Retail etc.

CyberTech Trends in India
Source: IBM India

Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is the Founding Editor of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 28 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]

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