Blog - Technical Thursdays

Welcome to our blog called - Technical Thursday. As the name suggests, we'll be posting new blogs every Thursday related to various Technologies. This will go a long way in supporting our community of diverse and hard working to-be Professionals. So watch this space!

Bhoomika Mewada, Student Ambassador  —  24 September 2020

IoT: Demand and Future

With the advancements of technology, our lifestyle has also changed. Operating switches sitting on the couch, preparing breakfast when you are away, preparing the temperature of the room when you enter and the list is never-ending. And this is because of human curiosity to find new ways and IoT making it possible. This reduces human efforts to communicate with machines. The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects -“things”—that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet. 

 

IoT comes under the top 10 technologies in the world. Smart lifestyle, connected homes, and buildings and embedded homes are emerging segments; Healthcare and manufacturing are the leading verticals demanding IoT solutions by NASSCOM. Newer opportunities and ecosystems are developing every day. The Government of India is taking several steps to push the adoption of emerging technologies with innovative initiatives such as Digital India, Make in India, Smart Cities, etc.

With the vast application of IoT, it is growing rapidly estimating 5% of the total global market. India offers an opportunity to deploy these emerging technologies at a large scale to bring efficiencies and economies of scale. The global Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Platform market size is expected to gain market growth in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025, with a CAGR of 16.9% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025 and is expected to reach USD 3880.3 million by 2025, from USD 2075.7 million in 2019.


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Trushna Raut, Student Ambassador  —  17 September 2020

Footprints of COVID-19 in Cyber Security

COVID-19 pandemic has put all the sectors in a challenging phase. Almost all the organizations have moved their feet towards remote working. Undoubtedly, everyone can do their work at home safely and without any interruption. But if we look at this in a broad spectrum, there are higher chances of scams. Since everyone’s focus is inclined towards COVID-19, Hackers are taking advantage of it. In this article, we will focus on some cyber risks due to COVID-19. Let’s pull off the curtains and let the light of awareness come in. 

Causes and Effects:

 

COVID-19 comes up as a golden opportunity for cybercriminals. According to the Cyber Intelligence Centre, there is a sudden rise in phishing attacks, ransomware, and DDOS( Distributed denial-of-service) attacks. Phishing activities are being performed via SMS, emails, malicious links. Various health-related apps and websites are being created with the enmity of leaking confidential information. Not only organizations but common people are also getting squeezed by these attacks.

Many of the firms have to shift themselves from the office world to the digital world, which in turn is an opening door for cybercrime. Since employees are using their private resources, there is a high percentage of accessing and leaking the organization’s important data. Many communications are now taking place outside company firewalls. Though many companies are using VPN, improper configurations of VPN may lead to huge losses. Conferencing mediums like zoom are also being preyed upon by the hackers. Companies need to look further into improving their remote working security.

Due to COVID-19, Many countries are facing an economic crisis in some way. Unemployability is one of the consequences. Fake Job rackets are expanding at a high rate. Students or freshers, as well as job searchers, are being trapped. Combined with easy accessibility of the Internet, this has come as a bonus for job scammers, who are offering non-existent jobs to desperate youth and thereby debiting money from their accounts.


CONCLUSION:


Cyberattacks cannot vanish but can be handled wisely. Proper intervention and initiatives are important to prevent risks. There should be awareness within employees about cyberattacks. Firms should focus on strengthening remote access management policies and procedures. Employee’s work environment needed to be improved to manage future attacks. 


Also, It’s not that only companies need to take action against this. It is our responsibility to take precautions and make ourselves alert before visiting malicious content. 


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