Ransomware Attack Fears – Sensitive Fields Advised Use Stand Alone Computers
The world is trying to recover from the recent ransomware attack and disrupting work in many organisations. In India, the Government has advised people working in strategic and sensitive fields to consider using stand alone computers for storing data and critical information instead of using the cloud.
These instructions have been circulated to all persons handling sensitive desks in ministries of home, finance, defence, external affairs and security agencies as a precautionary measure.
One of the security officers speaking to TOI said – “We keep advising officers regularly in some ministries and departments to use stand-alone computers for storing sensitive information so that no one can hack them. It is a continuing process.”
He further he said most of the officers working in strategic and sensitive departments work offline on their computers. Yet the advisory is a regular exercise to ensure a secure network.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaking over the concerns of network security he said the government’s National Informatics Centre was secured and running smoothly. Also stated that a cyber coordination centre will start operating from next month to take precautions against cyber attacks.
The outbreak of WannaCry ransomware attack has disrupted networks in more than 150 countries and is considered to be most widespread attacks in the history. Networks across the world in countries like USA, UK, France and Russia have been hit by a WannaCry ransomware attack. India is also on high alert monitoring networks across sectors like banking, telecom, power and aviation to secure the systems against possible WannaCry attack and disrupting the vital networks.