New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The focus and spending on information technology (IT) systems by business organisations in India needs to be complemented with similar efforts in operational technology (OT) and consumer technology (CT) systems to combat cyber attacks, said a recent ASSOCHAM-PwC study.Also Read - Russian President Vladimir Putin to Visit New Delhi on December 6 For 21st India-Russia Annual Summit

“Currently, such initiatives are not taking place, thereby leading to a rise in attacks by cyber criminals,” the study stated. Also Read - Highlights India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match : IND Win By 73 Runs, NZ Whitewashed 3-0

The study, titled ‘Protecting interconnected systems in the cyber era,’ stated the OT and CT systems have long been used in industrial and end-user products to monitor and control physical processes. Also Read - Highlights | India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Match: IND Beat NZ By 7 Wickets, Clinch T20I Series

“Traditionally, these technologies have been air-gapped, in that they are segregated from the IT network. However, OT and CT systems are becoming increasingly interconnected and integrated with other IT systems.”

“Economic challenges, resource constraints, business requirements and technology standardisation have made it impractical to continue completely segregating OT and CT networks from IT networks,” noted the ASSOCHAM-PwC study.

With an increase in the usage of information and OT and CT in critical infrastructure, overall effectiveness has increased. However, these elements have also become the target of choice for attackers since they recognise the impact of disrupting the routine way of life, it said.

“A national strategy to secure critical infrastructures requires collaborative efforts through timely information sharing across critical sectors,” the study said.

It added: “Timely information on events and incidents to critical infrastructure stakeholders, for potential cross-sectoral impacts, would help in appropriate response mechanism. National-level cross-sector forums could be established to institutionalise the cooperation between various critical sectors.”

The study also impressed upon the need for setting up sector-specific nodal body for designing plan, advisories and guidelines to manage and govern overall cyber security aspect for the sector and enhance public-private partnerships.

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