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Government issues SOP for employees to avoid cyber attacks

The government has decided to step up its vigilance in response to China’s repeated attempts at cyber warfare. Employees across ministries and public sector units (PSUs) are being asked to adhere to a standard operating protocol, which includes basic hygiene like turning off computers, signing out of emails, and updating passwords.

The government has decided to step up its vigilance in response to China’s repeated attempts at cyber warfare. Employees across ministries and public sector units (PSUs) are being asked to adhere to a standard operating protocol, which includes basic hygiene like turning off computers, signing out of emails, and updating passwords.

“Often, employees do not sign out of their emails or switch off their machines and we believe that something like this may have happened at AIIMS too. But we have managed to get the system up and running again,” an AIIMS source was quoted by TOI as saying.

Even though the government has an SOP with over twenty phases, it has now chosen to enforce it more aggressively and is even considering taking action against disobedient personnel. In the public sector, breaking protocol typically leads to disciplinary action, which may be connected to duty neglect. Additionally, according to reports, other procedures might be used in the event of a major staff failure.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar had claimed that the ransomware attack on the servers of AIIMS Delhi was a conspiracy planned by significant forces. “It is clearly a conspiracy and it has been planned by forces that are pretty significant. It is a sophisticated ransomware attack. We will wait for the outcome of CERTin and NIA (National Investigation Agency) before we come to conclusion on who is behind the ransomware attack,” Chandrasekhar had said.

In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals lock access to data or a device and promise to unlock it after they are paid the desired ransom. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Delhi cybercrime special cell, Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre, Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Forensic Sciences University, National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre, and National Investigation Agency, etc. have been given the task to investigating the cyber attack.

Due to the recent cyber attack, Patient care services including outpatient, laboratory, inpatient and emergency, etc. were operating in manual mode. According to cyber security intelligence firm CloudSEK, the number of cyber attacks on the Indian healthcare industry was the second-highest globally, with 7.7 per cent of total incidence on the segment being witnessed in the country in 2021. News9live

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