Hyderabad: With the proliferation of information technology, life has become easier. But technology itself is a double-edged weapon and criminals misuse it, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said here on Monday.
Speaking after inaugurating National Cyber Research, Innovation & Capacity Building Centre at the Central Detective Training Institute (CDTI) here, he said the world in general and India in particular had witnessed a rise in cybercrime during the last decade. “Fighting cybercrime is increasingly becoming a global challenge. Our dependence on technology coupled with the government’s intention for digitalisation has created demand for cyber space,” he said.
“Our aim is to anticipate new domains of cybercrime and prevent them before the crime actually takes place,” he said.
According to the Minister, every Indian today in one way or the other used cyber space. Online payments were made sharing certain data without knowing the security protocol that the respective companies follow. While using smartphones with multiple features, many do not understand the right way of using them. Using technology, criminals may access the phone and the data.
“Technology can make our lives both comfortable and miserable. It is important to ensure that cyber technology is not misused. Unfortunately, the response of the police always has been defensive. Such responses will not be effective given the fact that technology changes very fast,” he said.
The selection of Hyderabad for the centre is strategic. With organisations like CCMB, CDFD, IIT, a slew of DRDO establishments in the government sector, a host of worldclass IT companies in the private sector including but not limited to Microsoft, Adobe, Apple Amazon etc., Hyderabad figures amongst the top cities of the world in IT development, he said.
Centre will adopt counter-attack strategy
The National Cyber Research Innovation and Capacity Building Centre — a vertical of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) — will prove to be a comprehensive counter-attack on cybercrime.
The centre will be the backbone of the counter-attack strategy on cybercrime. With involvement of the academia, research institutions, professionals in both private and public sector, the centre will provide invaluable knowledge to support the mission.
“It will make sure that we always remain a step ahead of cyber criminals,” Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said. He added that the Ministry of Home Affairs was also working on Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (R4C) in States.
“I am confident that the centre in Hyderabad will prove to be a central hub for entire South India,” he added.