The NortonLifeLock recently released a report titled “2021 Norton cyber–Safety Insights Report”.
Key Findings of the report
- 59% of Indians, that is, more than one in two adults in the country have experienced cyber crime in the last twelve months.
- The report says that seven in ten Indian adults believe that remote work atmosphere created by COVID-19 has made it easier for the hackers and cybercriminals.
- Around 52% of the adults in India do not know how to protect themselves from cybercrime.
- 27 million Indian adults experienced identity thefts.
- 90% of the consumers using online transactions are taking proactive steps to safeguard their data.
- 42% believe that it is impossible to protect their privacy.
- 66% are worried that they are more vulnerable to cybercrimes due to COVID-19 and how it is making the world to become more reliable on digital platforms.
- 52% of cybercrime victims turned to their friends for help and 47% contacted the company for resolving the issues.
- Of the total cybercrimes that occurred in India, 14% occurred in 2020.
- More than twenty-seven million adults have faced identity thefts in 2020-21.
Steps taken to spread awareness about Cyber crimes
- Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) was launched to handle issues related to cybercrimes in the country.
- Online Cybercrime reporting portal was launched to report complaints related to child sexual abuse material or child pornography.
- Cyber Swachhta Kendra was established. These are Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centres. It provides detection of malicious programmes and free tools to remove such programmes.
- National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre was launched to protect critical information infrastructure.