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Proactive cyberdefense, a key to national security

  • Sareeka A.G.

    Chennai, India

Chennai, India   /   Tue, October 27 2020   /  01:00 am
Cyber security: The logo of the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) is seen on the agency’s office in Jakarta on March 15, 2019. The agency has asked Facebook and Twitter to help act against accounts that spread hatred and false news. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The way a country responds to the opportunities and risks that arise in cyberspace plays a crucial role in its growth and security. Though we all acknowledge the imminent risks cyberattacks pose, are we aware of the scale of impact such attacks can have on a country and its people? Based on their motives and scale of attack, cyberattackers can be classified into four groups. First, state sponsored attackers. They are nonstate individuals or organizations who are discreetly supported by a government entity. These attackers generally operate to fulfil political, commercial or military interests of their country of origin. Attackers use a combination of different techniques ranging from spear phishing attempts backed by well-researched social engineering to sophisticated advanced persistent threat campaigns in order to infiltrate networks and gain access to confidential information...