New Delhi: Finnish firm F-Secure said it is in discussions with state governments, including Delhi, on the role that it can play in offering secured Wi-Fi access across hotspots located in various cities.
"Governments are looking at offering free Wi-Fi across cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. As more cities adopt Wi-Fi, government has to be careful as public Wi-Fi can be misused by cybercriminals," F-Secure country manager India and Saarc Amit Nath told PTI.
He added that the company is in discussions to figure out how its solutions can be implemented at these Wi-Fi hotspots to protect end-consumers with a sustainable revenue model built around it, he added.
Nath, however, declined to give further details on the talks.
The security software market in the country is estimated to be worth about $200 million, growing at about 20-22% annually, Nath said.
According to a report launched by F-Secure, Delhi (20%) topped the list of cities, in terms of malware infections detected, followed by Hyderabad and Chennai (9% each) and Chandigarh (7%) in 2014.
The report added that the top malware infection in India still remained 'Botnet' related, where hackers manage to take control of the user's computer and uses it to spam, DDoS (Denial of Service (DoS) attack) or conduct other malicious activity to make substantial amounts of money.
"Also, banking related malware has been consistently topping the chart in India. The 'Ramnit' malware, which steals bank user names and passwords and mostly spreads through USB removable drives, along with Sality, Trogan.LNK.Gen, Trogan.Script and Virtob were the top 5 malicious family detections in India," F-Secure Security Advisor Asia Su Gim Goh said.
On the mobile phone front, premium rate SMS still remained as the top reason behind a high number of SMS-related malware in the Android platform in India.
"Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chennai and Gurgaon have emerged as the top mobile infected cities in 2014," Nath said.