According to K7 Computing’s Cyber Threat Monitor, the cybersecurity awareness among companies and cyber users in tier-2 cities, which are fast emerging as popular growth destinations, is considerably low. As a result, these cities are becoming attractive targets for cyber criminals.

The report highlighted that Patna registered the highest number of cyber attacks contributing 47 per cent to the total. This was followed by Guwahati, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar and Jaipur, contributing 45 per cent, 44 per cent, 43 per cent, and 40 per cent, respectively, to the total number of attacks.

As per the report, about three out of every ten Indian cyber users encountered one or more cyberattacks.

Among metro cities, the cyber attacks in Delhi increased in Q2 with a 6 per cent rise in the quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) infection rate. The infection rate in Hyderabad increased from 39 per cent to 41 per cent on a QoQ basis. Meanwhile, Bengaluru and Pune experienced 39 per cent and 35 per cent of cyberattacks, similar to the previous quarter.

Though Chennai observed a 2 per cent decrease in infection rate on a QoQ basis, it still remains most vulnerable at 46 per cent. Chennai was followed by Kolkata at 41 per cent and Ahmedabad at 37 per cent.