Cyberspace can help increase communication speed and efficiency in the workplace. However, it is also a perfect avenue for intelligence collection. Recently, researchers at the University of Toronto determined that Chinese hackers were conducted espionage against Indian networks and the Dalai Llama.
In an effort to secure themselves against the threat from cyber espionage, members of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) have participated in a series of workshops designed to instill an understanding of the threat and tactics to mitigate it, according to the India Times. Officials at the MEA say that they are constantly under cyber attack.
“Since we are monitoring the system all the time, we notice that there are almost daily efforts to try and find holes in the system. So far, we think they have been unsuccessful,” said one network security official.
The educational effort has targeted clerks, personal secretaries and under secretaries. Senior officials are expected to attend training in the coming days. The training program includes live demonstrations of phishing attacks.
“We were told not to click on any strange mails with attachments or outside links,” said one official.
“There were reminders to take basic steps like changing password for the official mail on a monthly basis,” said another official.
The training also advises MEA employees to avoid sending Word on PDF attachments. Additionally, MEA is reportedly considering moving some of its computers over to the Linux operating system.