India Ranks 4th among the Lowest Security Adoption Countries – McAfee

By | May 23, 2011

The number of Internet users in India has been increasing these days. However, this does not mean the development. The deadly problems of cybercrime have also been rising with lack of proper security adoption polices. McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) revealed findings from a global report “In the Dark, Crucial Industries Confront Cyberattacks” that reflected the cost and impact of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructures. Critical infrastructure includes the computer systems having vital economic assets such as power grids, railways, nuclear energy plants.

The study revealed that India ranked fourth in terms of lowest levels of security adoption after Brazil, France and Mexico. Currently, only 60 percent of the respondents from India claimed to deploy a threat monitoring service and used software update and patch management service. 40% of the Indian respondents revealed having policies for prohibiting USB stick usage and policy enforcement on unauthorized software. However, none of them claimed to adopt any security measures for smart grid controls. The country was found to adopt only half as many security measures as leading countries such as China, Italy and Japan.

Even, the number of companies subjected to extortion increased by 25 percent globally. Coming to India, 60 percent of the respondents had been victims of extortion in past two years. In order to face the nature of new threats to the industry, it is suggested to take a mandatory action.