76% Indian businesses hit by cyber attacks in 2018, finds survey

By: Devika Singh

India was the country with third highest number of cyber attacks in 2018, according to the report, after Mexico and France.

A recent survey by UK-based endpoint security provider Sophos has found that 76 per cent businesses were hit by cyber attacks in 2018, while globally 68 per cent organisations admitted cyber attacks last year.

India was the country with third highest number of cyber attacks in 2018, according to the report, after Mexico and France.

“In India, most of the attacks are happening where the money is, which means the financial services, oil and gas and energy sectors. These are the places where cyber-criminal can make most of his money and they are hit most by them,” Sunil Sharma, Managing Director Sales at Sophos India & SAARC told Business Today.

For the survey, 3,100 IT decision makers were interviewed between December 2018 and January 2019. In India, the company surveyed 300 IT decision makers and found that more than 18 per cent threats discovered in India are on mobile devices, almost double than the global average.

“When we tried to discover where do the most attacks come from? Primarily, we found two areas, servers and networks. But endpoint and mobile are also not far away,” Sharma added.

According to the survey report, in India, most cybercriminals are detected at the server (39 per cent) or on the network (35 per cent); 8 per cent are found on endpoints. On average, Indian organisations that investigate one or more potential security incidents each month spend 48 days a year (four days a month) investigating them, according to the survey.

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