‘About 80 per cent of industrial units have been victims at some point of time’

EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), a leading professional certification firm on cyber security, has expressed concern over the absence of a strategic blueprint to counter cyber crime.

Fifth in cyber crime

“We are reputed as a technology export house in terms of people, software and services. But there is the lack of cyber security preparedness in spite of growing threats on the cyber space,” EC-Council president Jay Bavisi told The Hindu .

This is evident from the fact that India is ranks fifth in terms of cyber crime with reports by leading consulting firms revealing that close to 80 per cent of industrial units becoming victims at some point of time or the other.

Advent of mobility solutions are set to further aggravate the problems related to data security as end users, common consumers, and not just organisations will become vulnerable in the post-PC era.

“The time has come for the country not just to wake up but take some game changing measures. Or else, we will lose the advantage of exports to others as long as they don’t carry the security tag,” he said adding the country would need close to five lakh cyber security professionals in the near future.

Mr. Bavisi lamented that cyber security aspect did not figure in the educational curriculum like in other countries where exclusive courses were being offered.

Though the University Grants Commission had issued a letter to make cyber security part of curriculum in engineering, it had not specified the streams where this aspect had to be incorporated.

On the EC-Council’s plans, he said the council had decided to expand its footprint in the country by offering solutions to State and Central Governments in raising their security capacity.

U.S. grant

States such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat would be contacted in the coming days as the EC-Council had announced US $ 500,000 grant for educational aids to India.

The EC- council would expand its present premises in the city from 100-seater to 500-seater facility and the head count would be improved from the existing 120 to 200 during the current year to work on new era technologies including mobility solutions.

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