How India Inc is losing its cybersecurity war

Mumbai’s top cybercop Brijesh Singh has his hands full these days. With increasing cybercrime, including a rising tide of corporate cyber incidents, there’s no respite for the Maharashtra Police cybercrime team that the suave 1996 batch IPS officer leads. Recently Singh’s crack team solved a host of high-profile cases including the Reliance Jio Infocomm unauthorised data access case and Game of Thrones leak.

Globally, in the past few days, Equifax breach exposed personal information of 145 million US customers, Yahoo acknowledged three billion email accounts were breached in 2013 attack and accounting firm Deloitte, which incidentally runs a large cyber practice, was also hacked.

The industry bigwigs have started sounding warning bells. Tech visionary Larry Ellison said last week, “Make no mistake: it’s a war. We have to reprioritise and rethink about how we defend our information.”

In its Q2 2017 report, leading IT security firm McAfee Labs counted 311 publicly disclosed security incidents. The report also mentioned that security teams nowadays face 244 new cyberthreats every minute