Bangalore: India is facing the threat of being poorly cyber protected. The increasing number of Indians falling victim to cyber crime has finally got the attention of the officials. Nearly 42 Million Indians were scammed online in the past year. The need for trained official to fight this battle against cybercrime is crucial in this age. For this the Indian government will train 5,00,000 trainees to fight the crime effectively, as reported by Vicky Nanjappa for rediff.com
No doubt that India lacks the necessary tools and supply to track and control the ongoing crime. The government of India has set up ties with the private sectors to assist them in meeting the required goal and get the country cyber safe. The plan to involve the private sector to the cyber crime wing was incorporated in 2001.The experts have said that awareness about these crimes can also reduce the number of people being conned. About 60 percent of the internet population is unaware of cyber threats and do not know when their system is compromised.
Apart from the private sector the police department had also procured detective inspectors dedicated to fight this crime, they were supposed to be trained by IT professionals, and never transferred to another department. Batches of 12 loyal cyber crime detectives, apart from solving crime, were also expected to train new entries. Anyhow this system collapsed even before it took off, as the job was not found challenging enough and even the private sector dropped their support.
After the breakdown of the crime system the police relied on techies with cyber crimes as and when they required their help, it almost turned into a part time affair.
The cyber crime has exceeded to an extent that without a full time, fully fledged crime fighting team it is hard to establish total control over it. The reality being that when dealing with cyber crimes, the nation is to battle against countries like China and Pakistan which need to be tackled with more efficiency than what has been shown so far.India not only posses the cyber threat in the country but also the Indian establishments around the world needs protection. China trying to hack into the systems of U.S., Serbia, Moscow, Kabul, Dubai and the U.K. in 2010 called for immediate safety requirement of the system. The Institute of Cyber Security Professionals of India for security testing and auditing of cyber threats is a start in this direction. The report by the new cyber security policy called “Engagement with Private Sector on Cyber Security" has levied a mandate for company audits for cyber security which has added to the participation of private sector.
With the increased cyber threat it needs major attention for its security and there are considerable investments made by the government at the same time. India has learned that the current threats can only be dealt by advanced method and shrewd strategies, and lacking in any of these parameters can lead to catastrophe, which must be avoided at any cost. These threats have to be faced with encompassed security, disaster recovery, layered approach to security and the protection of information, irrespective of its location.
As said by Mohan Gandhi, a cyber security expert and an Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad graduate, ‘with the increasing dependency on the internet, it is important for the government to invest in cyber education by including IT security at college level.’ With such creditable knowledge it can be assured that cyber crime can be brought under control. It is also an added force to fight the battle as it can be expected that the youth of the nation will also take active participation in the warfare along with the police to constrain this hazard towards the society and nation and curtail cyber crime.