When the pandemic hit last March, it affected every line of business, even illicit ones. But as mainstream businesses have roared back to life, so have criminal operations. And as 2022 draws near, hackers and other cybercriminals are looking for new ways to infiltrate companies and disrupt operations. Cybersecurity experts are warning that cybercriminals will be adjusting their tactics this year to better take advantage of the pandemic’s impact and to become even more sophisticated in their attacks.
Shri Sanjay Kumar Das, National Cyber Security Scholar, Joint Secretary, IT&E and State Information Security Officer, West Bengal & Sandeep Sengupta, Managing Director, ISOAH jointly addressed a press conference today on cyber crime.
The ISOAH & Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, West Bengal has identified areas for mass awareness & prevention of cybercrimes as follows:
- Trained more than 6500 teachers thorough Cyber Shikshak – Cyber Security Awareness Training
- Conducted Cyber Hygiene Training Programme for Emerging Youth for over 100 participants during Milan Mela Fair at Park Circus Maidan from 11th to 16th February 2022.
- Over 2000 Government official trained through the On the Job Training (OJT).
- Over 1500 Police officials trained on Cyber Crime Response through Programme like First Responder Training (FRT), Cyber Security Orientation Training (CSOT), Training on Secured Coding Practice Framework and CDR/IPDR forensic
- Approximately 20,000 employees from Panchayati Raj Institutions are presently being trained on Basic Training on Cyber Security and Cyber Hygiene practices in collaboration with B R Ambedkar Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development
- Secure Bengal 2021, a month-long and state-wide online training Programme for over 17,000
- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology has vested CS-CoE with the vetting responsibility for all their courses on cyber-security.
- Introducing specialist trainings on Anti hacking, Cyber forensic and investigation, Network security and administration, Server security and administration, Flutter framework, etc. for Law Enforcement Agencies
- Launched Cyberer Sammohan, a Comic Book on Cyber Crime awareness and Cyber Hygiene Handbook in Bengali, English and Hindi Also launched CYBER SECURITY – A knowledge for safer tomorrow, an English book on Cyber Security and book on advisories on cyber-security.
- Launched online-pledge on Cyber-security and Data Privacy, more than 1.5 Lakh people have undertaken this pledge to maintain cyber-hygiene practices in their daily-life.
- Held year-long Quiz programmes receiving participation from more than ten thousand citizens.
- Issued cyber-awareness tips on a daily-basis via SMS, WhatsApp and Voice message reaching more than sixteen lakh citizens.
- Training program for Government and Private Organizations on Data (For officer and associate).
- Imparting Sc. Digital Forensics course in association with MAKAUT, introduced first in Eastern India. (Previously students had to go to Gujarat and other far-off states for learning this subject).
- Setting up first-tech Digital Forensics Till now this kind of hi-tech lab is only present with law enforcement organizations and was not open to the public for their upskilling.
- Engaging the student community to work as volunteers for creating awareness among women, senior citizens and legal professionals,
- Organising Hackathon to build talents for future research &
Cyber World will be more chaotic with connected devices and IoT. A live demo of car hacking and Pegasus alike spyware will be demonstrated. ISOAH & CS-CoE will soon launch an IoT lab for research on IoT security.