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US Consulate, CUTS International team up to mitigate cyber threats

The US Consulate General Kolkata and Consumer Unity and Trust Society International (CUTS International) has partnered to mitigate cyber threats for small business in Arunachal Pradesh.

A day-long workshop was organised here on Saturday for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to equip them with knowledge and hands-on training on how to identify and combat cybersecurity threats and become cyber-resilient. Participants, mostly women entrepreneurs from more than 40 enterprises, participated in the workshop.

The US Consulate General Kolkata is supporting the initiative across the East and Northeast India to help the region and its people to cope with the growing threat of cyber-crimes for small businesses, especially those led by women entrepreneurs. Consul General Melinda Pavek speaking at the event said, “Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risks stemming from both physical and online threats and hazards.”

Sophisticated cyber actors exploit vulnerabilities to steal information and money and are developing capabilities to disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services, she pointed out.

“For our partners in the industry, the US seeks your collaboration to find better solutions. That means putting operational collaboration into practice, working together to share information in real-time, reducing risk, and building strength from the start to protect critical infrastructure and empower the small businesses that U.S. and India rely on every day,” she added. State Industries secretary Hage Tari in his address, said that cybercrime is on the rise in the Northeast states of India and people are becoming easy targets to the hackers.

Lack of awareness among the masses about cyber threats is one of the major reasons why cybercrimes are on the rise, he said.

CUTS International associate director Arnab Ganguly stressed on adoption of digital technologies which he said, had accelerated due to the Covid-19 pandemic for which, many MSMEs went online without the required understanding and safeguards to combat cyber-attacks, rendering them vulnerable. Sentinelassam

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