Internet users have reached 20 million in Nepal. Cybercrimes rise more and more every year and it's not slowing down. With the pandemic, it's even growing more rapidly globally. Cyber incidents try to expose, modify, delete or steal valuable information. They attack everyone from low to high business companies. These are the type of incidents that usually occurs:
1. To gain unauthorized access to a system
2. For the processing or storing of data unauthorized use of systems
3. Modifying systems firmware, software, or hardware without the system owner's consent.
4. Either Malicious disruption or denial of service.
It is said that cybercrime came into the spotlight in 2013. Even though the exact first cyber incident of Nepal is unknown, here are some of the early crimes that took place in Nepal:
Likewise, many incidents have been reported. From famous Celebrity facebook hack to websites and ATM hacks. While many of them still unreported and out of the media reach. According to official statistics from 2018-2019, Recorded cases of cybercrime are 180 were 125 from Kathmandu and 55 from outside the valley.
Cyber incidents Prevention
Cybersecurity Organizations and Companies in Nepal
The demand of cybersecurity increases with an increase in internet usage in almost all the business. Before investing in cybercrime was considered a waste of money. Currently, there's a cyber bureau to investigate these crimes. About 60 men and about 10 women work professionally in the field. Meanwhile, over 120 people include the students and junior workforce associated with the field.
Though some reported incidents included ATM attacks, ransomware, spear phishing, privacy leaks. Furthermore, social media-related crimes were reported such as harassment; identity theft, child pornography, and dissemination of false information.
Some of the private organizations working in cybersecurity
1. One Cover Pvt Ltd. It provides services like Security Consulting, Incident Response, Security Assessment, and Managed Security.
Cyber Security in Nepal
Promote security awareness across industry, academia & public sector
Research and analysis of cybersecurity incidents
Gather and disseminate technical information on cybersecurity
CSRI can clearly determine cybersecurity issues and turn out applicable solutions and justify those solutions during an approach that everybody will perceive.