National cybersecurity coordinator Rajesh Pant said on Thursday that cybersecurity threats are the biggest risk to national security and it is important to establish hygiene.

Speaking at the DX Security Summit, Pant called for building awareness of cybersecurity in the country.

“Threats to cybersecurity are one of the greatest risks to national security, and it is important to raise awareness and establish hygiene and subsequent audits,” Pant said.

Ashutosh Chadha, head of Microsoft India group and director of government affairs, said that cybercrime costs the economy more than $6 trillion (Rs 460 crore) annually and is expected to increase by 2025.

“This sends a signal to the entire industry that every company needs to a culture of safety,” Chadha said.

AI solutions can be used as the best factor in mitigating threats and India should focus on being a provider of cyber security solutions, said CII Centre for Digital Transformation Chair and NIIT Vice Chair and MD Vijay Thadani.

“Cybersecurity isn’t just about managing risk, it’s a issue that shapes product capabilities, organizational efficiency and customer relationships,” Thadani said.

Recently, the website of the Nagpur Institute of Science was hacked by the hackers calling themselves “Dragon Power of Malaysia” and the message on its home page was “This is a special operation to insult our Prophet Muhammad,” police said.

The hacking of the site came amid protests in parts of the country over the now-suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma and expulsion party leader Naveen Kumar Jindal over offensive remarks about the Prophet Muhammad. Several countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Bahrain, Maldives, Malaysia, Oman, Iraq and Libya, condemned their comments.

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“The homepage of the site has a message urging people to unite and launch a campaign against India. The site has been hacked with malware. The hackers claim to be ‘DragonForce Malaysia’,” said Police Inspector (Network) Nitin Phatatangare.



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