IT’s Achilles’ heel, security

Cyber insecurity

Human vulnerabilities are exploited for IT crimes

by Roopinder Singh

Security, or rather the lack of it in the cyber world, has come into focus again. National secrets have been leaking out at an appalling rate and supposedly secure computers have become more of cyber sieves than repositories of data.

There has been a major leak of electronic data from the National Security Council Secretariat in New Delhi. Mukesh Saini, a former Navy Commander who served as the information security specialist at the NSC, is now being sought for questioning, while S. S. Paul, a systems analyst, has been arrested. Ujjwal Dasgupta, Director of Computers in RAW, is also under a cloud, as is the high-profile Indo-US Cyber Security Forum.

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