Data Insecurity

News Kashmir Analysis

Data is an important thing in the world of ours. With the boom of internet driven technology the role of Data has attained much critical role, Data is now used for characterization, calibration, verification, validation, and assessment of models for predicting the long-term structural durability and performance of materials in extreme environments. Without adequate data to verify and assess them, many models would have no purpose.

People also ask more often than not Why is data the most important?

Well the answer is that Data helps in tracking performance, analyzing data helps to understand the performance of a business model based on any changes made. Data helps us in understanding the market and tailor products based on customer satisfaction. Data even helps in measuring a company’s success and employees’ productivity.
But there are growing concerns about Data insecurity throughout the world. Kashmir too often seems to be hit by this data breach .
In this regard, it is known that
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) that works under the aegis of the Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY) has sought an “urgent” report from the Kashmir University (KU) authorities after a major data breach was reported in the University’s data system that put the data of over a million students and employees for sale on ‘Dark Web’.

CERT is a national nodal agency which responds to cyber security incidents in the country, according to information available on the MeitY website.
The expert pulse is that
Today, in the internet-focused world we live in, data is widely considered to be among the world’s most valuable resources because of how much potential revenue and business value it can provide. Moreover, it’s available for sale and purchase. So we need to be extra cautious about Data security and safety .
It is worth mentioning in case of Kashmir University Data leak breached data includes a database of Kashmir University’s UG 3rd year with 3,47,421 entries including admit card details and other details ranging from year 2015 till 2021.
The second database includes details of UG 2nd year that has 2,72,070 entries including a variety of data from admission year 2015 till 2021. Third database is based on “Iqbal Conference” which has 196 entries including registration fees and many other details.
One hopes we in Kashmir would be extra cautious about Data safety . We need to bear in mind need to make Data secure especially in our highest academic institutions.