Organisations don’t report cyber incidents: PMO official

“Most of the time they would try to mislead and try to take a position that nothing has happened.”

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Pratap Vikram Singh | January 11, 2017 | New Delhi


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Data pertaining to cyber incidents is distributed in so many places that the collection, compilation and its analysis is difficult for an organisation, said national cyber security coordinator Gulshan Rai on Wednesday.

“The organisations by virtue of either not being aware or for any other reason don't disclose the data. They don't report the incidents,” he said, while speaking at the launch of Ernst & Young’s Global Information Security Survey 2016-17 here.  
 
“Most of the time they would try to mislead and try to take a position that nothing has happened,” said Rai, who works at the national security council secretariat (NSCS) under the prime minister’s office (PMO).
 
He, however, said that organisations have woken up to the threat in the last two years, when major incidents have happened. Of late these incidents have made organisations share information about the incidents.
 
Rai lamented that the top management in commercial and non-commercial organisations, which includes public sector, are not well versed with the cyber threats. “The financial sector, for example, is more concerned about the NPAs vis-à-vis to cyber threats. They are more concerned about the core domain.”
 
“The entire thing (related to cyber security) is left to the IT sector (read internal IT department and external cyber security organisations), which should have been dealt by the top management or the board of the organisation,” Rai added.  
 
This impacts the core business of the organisation, he said.  In any organisation, all major functions including procurement, processing, delivery, management use information technology and hence are vulnerable to cyber hacks. The case will remain so if the top management is not concerned with the security of the infrastructure, integrity of the transactions, and how they interact with the external world, he added.
 

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