Alongside preparing for any emergency arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Army is all set to launch its annual cyber security exercise this month. While speaking to media, the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) Lt. Ge, Rajesh Pant, said that almost 4,000 forge portals have been intercepted by the Indian Army that are running campaigns in relation to the coronavirus. He said that these portals are created in last two months and are managed by the cyber criminals and mafia organisation to target the officials and the infrastructure of the force.
Last month, the Army issued a statement which said that the malign campaigns are being run around COVID-19 to compromise the data of the Indian officials or the IT assets of defence personal. Exercises such as the one the Army is going to conduct are said to help the military to assess its defence cyber security preparedness. It helps in tracing out the vulnerabilities in the system to eliminate them, if found any. It also helps in evaluating the data security processes and compliance of cyber policies of the Indian military. Although the preparations for the exercise had begun last month, it is expected to conclude in November.
Cyber security exercises are conducted to evaluate the cyber awareness of every individual in service, it also works in the direction to strengthen the intra-service network from cyber attacks. Cyber attacks are mostly in the form of distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, flooding the infrastructure with internet traffic by disrupting normal traffic. Last year, according to a Bangalore-based telecom and communication analytics firm —Subex, India remained on the top for three consecutive months — April, May and June in the index of most number of cyber attacks by countries in the world.