70 per cent of security breaches using Pen Drives: Indian Army

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  1. Daredevil

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    70 per cent of security breaches using Pen Drives: Indian Army

    New Delhi, Mon, 01 Oct 2012
    NI Wire


    An easy-to-carry storage device, Pen drives are responsible for over 70 per cent of security breaches and are a major threat in defense forces, the Army officials said.

    "These pen drives, which are mostly manufactured in China, have emerged as a big threat to our cyber security systems," they said.

    Army headquarters are tightening their cyber security to protect themselves from such breaches and hacker attacks. They have issued new cyber security guidelines for the same.

    IAF has instructed officials to not have any official data on their personal computers and pen drives. They have to declare their Information Technology assets as well.

    Strict disciplinary action including court martial can be taken against the personnel found violating these instructions.

    Officials use pen drive to store official data for use at their personal computers but from there, it is transmitted from their IP addresses to hackers from the 'malware' present in the pen drives.

    About a couple of years ago, system of a Major posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands was hacked and spying viruses transferred the information to other computers

    Hacker groups also stole information from Navy's Eastern Command's computers by putting malware through external drives.

    National Security Council has also been discussing designating certain intelligence agencies under the Defense Ministry for countering cyber attacks against the country.
     
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    blank_quest Senior Member Senior Member

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    They should ban USB port in Defense related systems ~ Use intranet with no up-linking to internet.
     
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    Even my company has good data theft protection lol
     
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    As long as the armed forces use Micro$hit, they'll keep suffering from data theft and other malaise.
     
  6. Daredevil

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    I would love if whole government shifts to Unix environment. More secure and less prone to Viruses.
     
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    Disable the USB ports. Takes 5 minutes. Don't allow users the privileges to re-enable. Simple.
     
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    Army does not need to make these headlines.

    What they need is immediate implementation of something like ISO 27000 series or even superior standards.
     
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    Are they blaming China? What is needed is good training for Security Managers, and for those Security Managers to start kicking asses and taking names.
     
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    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

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    Exactly. It doesn't make any sense, using a household/business platform to run something as vast and complicated as the armed forces. This is like running a data centre using networked desktop computers.
     
  11. Victor Sierra

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    Usually Computers in Army don't have the option for using USB hubs. If they have it, they don't work.
    I have seen it many places.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Where you have seen so ?
     
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    Ban Personal external device in Army Premises
     
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    Disabling the USB drives and removing USB drivers from the PC's seems to be the most immediate and easy solution!
     
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