IntroductionThe global scenario has undergone a sea change in terms of enhanced threat perceptions and ever increasing vulnerabilities, with the proliferation of internet, wide spread use of IECT solutions for various social and economic activities. This is further complicated by fast emergence of newer technologies. The nature of the cyber space viz., usually borderless and anonymity of action is exploited by perpetrating crimes by adversaries. The scale and sophistication of such incidents are continuously increasing. The challenges include possibility of espionage, targeted and deliberate attacks and difficulties in traceability in the cyber world as the state and non state actors are compromising, stealing, changing and destroying valuable information; and thus potentially causing risk and un-estimated losses to the national security, economic growth, public safety and competitiveness.
The awareness program is essential for all the Internet users in India since most of the home or individual users are being targeted as a base to attack the Government, Banking services and other infrastructure. Most of these attacks are happening because the systems could be easily compromised owing to negligence or lack of knowledge in Information security on the part of individual users while accessing Internet or sharing the data with others.
There is a need to create awareness among various stake holders including general public, student communities, children, etc., as their interests has to be secured.
A national level awareness campaign is launched to cover various sections of the society by undertaking several activities such as targeting the Internet users through creating and disseminating awareness material, introduction of information security curriculum at school level by interacting with various school boards, CBSE, NCERT, etc., organising awareness workshops, cyber security awareness weeks in collaboration with local state government law enforcement agencies, design and develop awareness material for various segments, multi-lingual portal, etc.
A dedicated website for information security awareness Info-Sec-Awareness has been developed.