By; INN, Chennai, @infodeaofficial:
A connected world would logically mean more ease for users of technology. But here’s a fact check: Tackling cyber crime effectively will emerge as one of the most formidable challenges for countries on their path ahead, says a recent paper by the United Nations on cyber security.
India is also not immune to the threats posed by cyber crimes. A recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau says that between 2011 and 2015, close to 30,000 cyber crimes were reported across the country.
More than 24000 of these cases are registered under the Information Technology Act. In a recent visit in Chennai for cyber security innovation, research and competition, PMO’s national security coordinator Dr. Gulshan Roy said that in order to curb cyber-related issues and monitor he activities, central and state governments should re-frame cyber policies and hire more skilled people. Our younger generation are much smarter to such problems and they can come up with solutions in no time, he said.
Mr. Roy said that by 2020, India will need close to 10 lakh . “Before using any new technology, we need to be well aware about it. One needs to be cautious about how he or she can save themselves from such cyber threats,” he said.
Demand & supply a big concern
Though India has the youngest population in the world, there is a severe lacunae in the core demand and supply realm of trained cyber security professionals. In a recent summit at the Anna University on national cyber defense, additional director-general of National Cyber Safety and Security Standards, Dr. S. Amar Prasad Reddy said that, “any kind of cyber threat is easy to be deal with but we are far behind in understanding the nature of such threats. In the coming years, India needs
Approximately 10 lakh cyber security professional to monitor and curb cyber crimes. Central government’s cyber-related policy is good for country but different states need different policies. This will help monitor cyber related incidents”.
A problem of identity
Social identity of an ethical hacker (one who hacks into a computer network to test or evaluate its security, rather than with a criminal intent) is a pressing problem when it comes to identifying and curbing cyber crime. Speaking to Infodia, Dr. Amar Prasad said that ethical hackers don’t have any social identity and fame, which is the main reason why many youngsters don’t opt for this stream. He said that in the coming years, we need an education system that can train these youngsters who have an interest in cyber security.
The government has planned cyber-security courses at the Masters level but such courses should be introduced for youngsters at the graduation level itself, he said. His organisation is running an online training courses in cyber issues with a center in Anna university Chennai, PSG college Coimbatore and in Bangalore. He has plans to start centers in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra too.