Media organisations too need Penetration Testing Expertise to defend against rising Cyber threats

Penetration testing expertise

Apart from rising information warfare, there are many other cyber challenges that media industry might have to prepare for being the most vulnerable targets of cyber aggressive bullies like China.

As per recent reports, Chinese hackers attacked India’s largest media conglomerate, the Bennett Coleman And Co Ltd, (BCCL). It has been concluded by experts that since BCCL publishes the largest English-language daily in the world and has been heavily reporting on the India-China border violence, it became prey to Chinese cyber espionage attacks.

The attack on the popular media organisation is one of the first and largest attacks that has come under radar so far. This indicates that cyber attackers are not just enhancing their technical capabilities in the region but are also expanding the field of attacks to gather data. Given the traditional security processes used so far, media organisations will almost certainly put it at the top of their priority list when it comes to accessing vulnerabilities.

On the other hand, China has continued hacking the database of other nations to fulfill its artificial intelligence ambitions. The aim has been to identify the high-value targets while gaining information related to other data sources.

It suggests that apart from other data centric organisations, media too in near future will have to upgrade and equip itself with the Penetration Testing expertise.

Other critical organisations have also been attacked by Chinese espionage groups and would require upgrading their penetration testing expertise. Earlier, the intrusions in the UIDAI were expected to not only offer intelligence to China, but also artificial intelligence’s machine training data. There is huge potential for logging into people’s accounts by using biometrics.

The Recorded Future investigators revealed that nearly 500 MB of data was transferred to an off-site server, predicted to be controlled by the Chinese hackers.

China-linked hacking groups called RedEcho and RedFoxtrot have escalated cyber attacks against India, since the 2020 Galwan Valley clash between both the countries. Earlier this year, RedEcho was also blamed for the act of cyber sabotage that led to 2020 Mumbai power grid failure.

India’s Preparedness and Job Opportunities

In the face of growing threat activity from neighboring adversaries, India too is building a cyber defence army. The aim at large is to gather intelligence relating to cyber criminal and state-sponsored threat activity. Some of the firms are also offering training and courses to individuals in various sectors like digital forensics, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing etc., to track threats over time and attribute activity to groups.

Today, prominent portals like Naukri.com have made special skill segments for such cyber expertise. It is important for candidates pursuing their career in the domain to clearly portray their skills on such portals. Common skill backing keywords searched by the recruiters are penetration testing expertise, social engineering, vulnerability scanning, vulnerability ability, and internal network penetration testing and web penetration testing. In order to contribute to the security of the nation, candidates can upgrade their resumes/profiles with the stated keywords.

Trends suggest that cyber security field in India will grow on all tangents in almost all industries and in future there will be various job profiles that will be introduced by organisations given the rising cyber threats in the world.

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