The ever growing cyberspace with nearly 30 billion devices interconnected online at present, poses potential challenge to the administrators to meet device communications secure. It is worthwhile to note that more than 11.5 lakh incidents of cyberattacks were tracked and reported by India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in 2021 and India jumped 37 places to rank 10 in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 as per the report released in June 2021. The attackers mainly misuse the vulnerabilities present in the organizations at various levels such as lack of cyber awareness among the administrators and users, IT systems, applications and hardware. As there is an exponential growth in number of active Internet users and cyber-attacks, especially in India, there is an imperative need of raising cyber awareness in the society and in government organizations or departments, in particular. Accordingly, C-DAC Patna has designed and developed “Cyber Satark”, a Cyber Security awareness mobile application to impart cyber awareness across interested agencies and departments of the state government. The Cyber Satark Mobile App is one of such efforts from C-DAC, Patna which makes its user aware of basic cyber security practices to maintain cyber hygiene in digital operations and tries to help in identification and respond to security breaches events in real-time to mitigate the risk of any security compromise. The Cyber Satark App provides a one stop platform to create a Cyber Hygiene Practitioner and build a full ecosystem to nurture the cyber security culture. The application provides an easy understanding of the trending Cyber threats and their precautionary measures for everyone. It also covers the cyber space, impact of cyber security, different form of cyber-attacks, their modus operandi, preventive measures (Do’s and Don’ts) and steps for cybercrime reporting. To make the App more interactive and easily understandable, case studies are projected using visual aids such as pictorial form, animations and storytelling method. C-DAC Patna releases the Cyber Satark App in multiple regional languages (Hindi, English, Bangla, Malayalam, Maithili [awaited] and Marathi) to have maximum outreach and make the diverse population of India aware of cyber security and cyber hygiene. This would certainly benefit the population to identify and defend themselves from potential cyber threats.
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