“Prevention is the best way of tackling cyber-crimes”: DCP Cyber Crime

The Chamber organised an Interactive Session on ‘Cyber Security – A Threat or An Opportunity’ on Friday, the 10th June, 2022 at its premises in Kolkata. Mr. Praween Prakash, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime, Detective Department, Kolkata Police was present as the Guest of Honour. Other Guest Speakers included Mr. Sandeep Sengupta, Director, Indian School of Anti Hacking, Mr. Bivas Chatterjee, Special Public Prosecutor on Cyber Law & e-Evidence, Government of West Bengal, Mr. Bidit Kumar Mondal, WBPS, Deputy Superintendent, Directorate of Economic Offences, Government of West Bengal and Mr. Imran Iraqi, Head – Security Business Services, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited.
In course of his Address, Mr. Prakash observed that online fraudsters who dupe people initially try to instill fear in them or tempt them with lucrative offers. He reached out to the participants and warned them of sharing any personal detail including OTPs, QR Codes, ATM PINs or passwords to any unknown entities.
“Prevention is the best way of tackling cyber-crimes. People should be very careful about installing arbit apps and blindly agreeing to their terms and conditions. By doing this, their data gets exposed or tracked by malicious people elsewhere”, he added.
Mr. Prakash stated that although Kolkata Police is trying their best to aid the strengthening of cyber security, the volume of cybercrime compared to the limited time and resources per case is enormous. . He informed that concerned individuals can contact the National Helpline Number 1930 and for bank frauds in specific the number 85858063104 can be reached.
In his address, Mr. Chatterjee explained briefly regarding the upcoming Indian Personal Data Protection Bill (PDPB) which is expected to benefit both individuals and corporations. He felt that greater advocacy from the third world countries are required to be made to extract relevant data from the Western countries like USA and European Union. Mr. Sandeep Sengupta in his address explained in detail the 2-Way Verification process in social media sites such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter as was proposed by Mr. Mondal.
Mr. Imran Iraqi highlighted that the need for cyber resilience is ever increasing in the present geopolitical scenario and India’s cyber security industry is likely to grow by 21 per cent within 2025, where we can aid to generate 3.5 million cyber security jobs globally. Mr. Iraqi pointed out the three pillars of cyber hygiene- continuously assess, secure resources and defend by detecting and resolving threats.
Earlier in his Welcome Address, Mr. N. G. Khaitan, President observed that as per a report of the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, there has been over five-fold jump in the number of government recorded cyber-crime and fraud incidents between 2018 and 2021. In order to safeguard the interests of the industry players, especially the SMEs, the President informed that the Chamber is prepared to constitute a Forum on Information Technology (IT) with experts from the fields of IT, Cyber Crime Cell, Judiciary and allied industries to facilitate percolation of information on cyber security to trade and industry.

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