Indian government sites have always faced attacks and breaches in the past. Be it the “Shadow in the cloud” cyber espoinage, only a hope glows up to learn lessons from these attacks. Recently, Andhra Pradesh state government is implementing a security firewall to protect them to ensure that hackers will have a hard time breaching their official websites. According to a news published at Khaleej Times, on February 17, just before the annual state budget was presented, hackers illegally accessed 21 government sites, administrators struggling for a week to restore 15 of the affected domains, the remaining 6 still being investigated.
Officials say that they’re aware of the fact that the hackers have no intent of causing damage to the data stored on their servers. The hacktivist simply added some extra webpages that hosted their protest messages.Even though there were no financial losses recorded and the government determined that the hackers only wanted to demonstrate their skills, they’re preparing some security measures that will prevent future incidents.Authorities decided to perform periodic security audits, create walls to secure web applications, and monitor traffic with the purpose of locating the origin of potential attacks.
A committee was formed by members of the state’s Information Technology and Communications department, Nasscom, the National Informatics Center, Data Center Operator (Wipro) and experts from Cyber Security Works.Though government thinks of implementing and making work easier by using internet, it hardly cares for the security of these deployments. Proper security audits and assessments should be done to ensure complete security.