Mangaluru, May 31,2017: Speaking at the 17th cyber crime awareness workshop for law enforcement agencies organised by Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Karnataka Police and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in the city on May 30, Tuesday.
CID DGP Kishore Chandra, said the new security features in social networking sites encrypt all types of data that can be read or viewed only by recipients. This has been posing a challenge to social security.
Prompt response to complaints on cyber crime is necessary to check loss of money to phishing or online bank frauds by deactivating SIM cards of bank customers and attempt to siphoning of cash. There is a need to change rules of procedure to CrPC, various changes in IPC Act to tackle cyber crime. The police need to keep up with the times as IT is developing at a fast pace.
The DGP talking to media mentioned that the workshop was organised in Mangaluru, a growing city, with many banks where cyber-related activities are high.
ADGP Prathap Reddy said cybercrime is a challenge as the physical presence of the accused is unknown.
With an increase in concern over privacy and regulatory framework, it is difficult to reach the accused. Regular upgrade of skills is essential for the investigation officers regarding cyber crime. Stressing on the need to include uses and abusers of social media in school curriculum, IGP (Western Range) P Harishekaran said topics related to cyber crime and social media should be taught to children from Class 8.
City Police Commissioner M Chandra Sekhar said the IT Act came into existence in 2000, but investigation officers face a lot of challenges while dealing with cyber crime especially due to development and use of technology in all walks of life. With the recent demonetisation, increased digitisation of the economy will give digital transactions higher security to deal with related cyber crimes. He said there is a need to constantly upgrade skills giving an expert to stations in handling offences like derogatory remarks on social networking sites.
Modern cyber lab : On the sidelines of the workshop, ADGP (CID) Prathap Reddy said that the police department has been mulling over a proposal to set up a modern cyber lab in addition to the already existing lab at Bengaluru.
He said that the modern cyber lab will have advanced software and equipment along with modern cyber investigation tools for tackling cybercrimes, which are on a significant rise. The lab will also lay thrust on cloud computing, he added.
The proposal is still in its initial stage, as it has to be submitted to the government for approval. The estimated cost of the lab would be around Rs 10 crore to Rs 12 crore. He said modernisation of cyber forensic lab will be taken up at all the range level.