Workshop organised as part of awareness campaign
One person out of every eight becomes a victim of identity theft through computers
Proceeds from cyber crime are estimated to be more than that from illegal drug trade
Coimbatore: National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) will provide the capacity needed for police personnel to investigate cyber crime cases, said Pratap Reddy, Advisor, Cyber Security- NASSCOM, on Monday.
Mr. Reddy, an IPS officer in the rank of IGP with Karnataka cadre on deputation with NASSCOM, was speaking at a seminar organised by NASSCOM here.
The workshop is part of an awareness campaign taken up by NASSCOM under the banner Cyber Safe Tamil Nadu.
The objective is to turn the police force into a well-equipped one so that they will be in a position to act against cyber criminals who prey upon people in order to defraud them.
Online trading frauds, misuse of credit cards/ debit cards and hacking online banking accounts belong to the category of “misdeeds on the Net”.
In cyber crime, the offender could be anywhere in the world and this is one of the aspects that need to be taken into consideration in the beginning.
The crash course on cybercrime may not turn police personnel into experts but could provide them with the basic knowledge to understand complaints and seek the help of cyber crime cell for investigations.
Jargon such as theft of data and theft of source code should not baffle police officers.
Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore Rural, N. Kannan, said that cyber crime was a challenge to the police and general public.
Considering the recruitment pattern based on qualification, the police force was far superior.
The need of the hour was to equip the force with the latest technologies.
One in every eight was a victim of identity theft, a cyber crime takes place once in three seconds, 1.72 lakh computers are losing control every day, and hackers account for 19 million which is larger than the size of a combined army of the world.
He asked police officers to learn the new modus operandi of crimes by tech savvy criminals and said that there was no end to the process of learning.
Proceeds from cybercrime are estimated to be more than that from illegal drug trade.
Financial losses were mostly reported except where people feared a loss of face. But invasion into privacy were not always reported to the authorities.
He asked police officers to register cases and encourage people to register complaints.
Ashok Bhaktavatchalam, Managing Director, KGISL, said that the magnitude of cyber crime was always underplayed. Companies are susceptible to huge levels of loss.
K. Purushottaman, Regional Director of NASSCOM gave an introduction.
Pratap Reddy later told reporters that after Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Thane, cyber labs are coming up at Chennai and Hyderabad.
The amendment to the Information Technology Act has done a lot of good deal thereby making it easily enforceable in a bid to render justice to the victims, he added.