The Indian government is finally taking concrete steps in tackling growing levels of cybercrime in the country. A centre of excellence on cyber security is likely to come up in Bengal.
News agency Press Trust of India quotes State’s e-governance mission head, Abhishek Roy, as saying, “This will be not just a cyber forensic lab for any post-cybercrime but will also work for prevention and restoration of systems post-crime, which will be unique.”
The institution is also expected to provide its services to other States.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a Facebook post, also said her government has decided to “introduce courses on ‘Data Science’ and ‘Cyber-Security’ in different colleges in the state, to increase employability of students in this emerging area.”
Here’s the full note:
I am happy to share with all of you that today State Government has decided to establish West Bengal Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (WBCS-CoE) to deal with increasing cyber-offences in the State.
It will be an apex body for dealing with all cyber-security related issues including creating awareness among common people on threats associated with it.
We have also decided to introduce courses on ‘Data Science’ and ‘Cyber-Security’ in different colleges in the state, to increase employability of students in this emerging area.
According to this report on Times of India, the State is looking to hire top ‘cyber experts’ from abroad for the centre of excellence.
Cybercrimes in India
The Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, specifies the acts which are punishable. Several offences having bearing on cyber-arena are also registered under the appropriate sections of the IPC with the legal recognition of electronic records and the amendments made in several sections of the IPC vide the IT Act, 2000.
According to the data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for the year 2014, “most of the cyber crimes were reported for greed/financial gain accounting for 18.0% (1,736 out of 9,622 cases) followed by insult to the modesty of women (6.2%) (599 cases), fraud/illegal gain (5.1%) (495 cases), sexual exploitation (3.7%)(357 cases) and personal revenge/settling scores (3.0%) (285 cases).”