Kaspersky predicts rise in cyber espionage for India in 2022

India is among the top five targets for cyberattacks in the APAC region, particularly security breaches that involve cyber espionage, said cybersecurity and digital privacy company Kaspersky. The findings are part of Kaspersky’s latest ‘Cyber threats to Financial Organizations in 2022’ report.

Kaspersky considers APAC region as among the hottest targets in the world for cyberattacks, for reasons including rapidly increasing usage of digital technologies matched by a proportional lack of awareness regarding cybersecurity, as well as limited resources deployed towards mitigation. Based on its data and advanced cyber-intelligence through various reports on cybersecurity, it has found India making it to the top 5 mentions among targets for cyberattacks, with attention to cyber espionage. The kind of attacks that are expected to increase – APT (Advanced Persistent Threats) cyberattacks with the intention to collect valuable geopolitical, business and military intelligence.

Dipesh Kaura, General Manager, Kaspersky (South Asia) says, “India continues to be on the hit list of some very sophisticated cyber criminals and groups of attackers from around the world. Its bustling economy and expected growth are among the key reasons for the elevated level of threat it faces. The only correct response is ‘prevention is better than cure’ – to invest in infrastructure and capabilities aimed at improving cyber intelligence by improving prediction capabilities. At Kaspersky, this is one of our key offerings to our clients. India has recently taken strong steps towards enhanced cyber threat vigilance and this is commendable.”

The other countries on the top 5 list include China and Pakistan. Thus, India is in the middle of the hottest cyber conflict zones in the APAC region. Kaspersky’s findings also identify Singapore as among the major hotspots for cyberattacks. This should lead Indian businesses, which have close tie-ups with entities as well as presence in Singapore, to sit up and take notice. Singapore is expected to witness data breaches and those affecting cryptocurrency and the newly established NFT industry.

Saurabh Sharma, Sr. Security Researcher (GReAT), Kaspersky (APAC), “Proactive, concerted action against cyber attacks can help to stem the damage that cyber attacks intend to cause. It is the need of the hour for all data-driven business and institutional processes.”