Government officials are aware cyber-crime instances, such as phishing, which originates from certain parts of India which includes Jharkhand: MoS Chandrasekhar
A financial aid fund has been allocated to states as well as UTs as part of the CCPWC scheme to set up the forensic and training labs that are devoted to cybercrimes
Teams for cyber-coordination have been set up for seven regions: Mewat, Jamtara, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam and Guwahati
On Wednesday (July 27) informed the Parliament that it has taken steps to enhance the mechanism to tackle cyber-related crimes in a coordinated, comprehensive way.
Cyber-related crimes are on the increasing scale in the country, as well as the authorities are aware instances, such as phishing, which originates in certain parts of India which includes Jharkhand minister of state (MoS) Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated in answer to a question during the Lok Sabha.
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Phishing is a type of fraud online where the perpetrator pretends to be an authentic business and deceives users by convincing users to visit malicious attachments or links.
The MoS further stated that state and the union territories (UTs) are the ones responsible to deal with cyber-related crimes. The MoS also stated that government officials have allocated the funds for financial assistance to the states and UTs as part of the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) scheme.
As part of the program, Chandrasekhar stated that the Centre has assisted local governments in the creation of forensic and education labs devoted to cybercrimes.
These cyber forensic-cum-training laboratories have been commissioned in 28 states. In addition, the federal government has taken several actions to educate police agencies, issuing warnings and raising awareness regarding cybercrimes and cybercrime, he said.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre has been established to establish a system for police agencies to combat cyber-related crimes in a coordinated way.
As part of the overall plan that includes joint cyber coordination teams, groups have been formed for seven regions namely Mewat, Jamtara, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam and Guwahati to help streamline problems related to complexity in jurisdictions.
He also informed Parliament that toll-free numbers are implemented to report events, but with a special attention paid to cyber crimes targeting girls and women. An Citizen Financial Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System module has been set up to reveal financial frauds.
The MoS further stated they have confirmed that it was the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has conducted mock cybersecurity exercises to identify vulnerabilities in crucial government systems. The MoS also said that 67 drills of this kind have been conducted thus far. The MoS said that 886 organizations from various sectors and states took part in the exercises.
The response also stated that CERT-In has so far enlisted security auditing companies from 97 to review the implementation of the best practices in Information Security (InfoSec).
Chandrasekhar also revealed that the Cyber Krisis Management Program has been developed to stop cyber attacks and added that all ministries and the state governments have been instructed by the government to apply the program. The MoS further stated that CERT-In collaborates together with other agencies of global enforcement to coordinate matters related to cybersecurity.
Computer Security Incident Resolution Team Finance Sector (CSIRT-Fin) will work under CERT-In to reduce cyberattacks in finance.
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In the last month, the Home Minister Amit Shah expressed his concern regarding the growing number of cybercrimes in India and called for the creation of an effective approach to combat these incidents.