Commenting on the cyber attack on AIIMS system, cyber expert Pawan Duggal said, “I think the ransomware attack on AIIMS is an attack on India’s sovereignty, integrity and security.” This is not an attack on any hospital but on the most prestigious institution of the country.
According to cyber experts, the attack on the AIIMS system is significant. India’s security services are in a tight spot as a result of the recent cyber attack on the systems of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The puzzle related to this cyber attack is still unsolved. Meanwhile, concerns are being raised about India’s preparedness to deal with such cyber attacks. This concern is also being raised because India is one of the top 10 countries facing cyber attacks. It is one of the top five countries experiencing an increase in ransomware attacks, after the US and some Western countries.
The National Power Grid cyber attack took place in April this year. In early 2018, there were cyber attacks on the information of Indian Aadhaar card holders. In the same year, Cosmos Bank in Pune was cyber-attacked and hackers stole Rs 94.42 crore from Cosmos Cooperative Bank Limited. According to Pawan Duggal, a well-known national expert on cyber security law associated with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for a long time, the cyber attack on the servers of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is a wake-up call for India, and the need to increase security It’s time to do more. In light of the current issues around cyber security, Duggal stressed the need to take appropriate measures including creating a dedicated ministry. In 2013, the National Cyber Security Policy was introduced, but it remained only a written document.
Commenting on the cyber attack on AIIMS system, cyber expert Pawan Duggal said, “I think the ransomware attack on AIIMS is an attack on India’s sovereignty, integrity and security.” This is not an attack on any hospital but on the most prestigious institution of the country. Apart from common people in AIIMS, information of big leaders, judges and officers is also available. This information ranges from current and former prime ministers. This information can also be misused. These people can be targeted. Look at this in the context of multiple ransomware attacks rather than just one.
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The cyber expert explained that in this era of the “data economy”, the sole purpose of a cyber attack is to obtain data that can later be sold to make money. But when an attack like this happens at AIIMS, the motivation is different. “External elements” are responsible for this attack. These attacks also tend to shock and slow down the country’s economic development. This is a well thought out conspiracy.
the need for a dedicated ministry
According to cyber expert Pawan Duggal, the country needs to take decisive steps. A dedicated ministry for cyber security should be set up which would exclusively deal with issues related to cyber security, apart from developing a national policy on the subject. Issues related to cyber security are now handled by different ministries.