EARLY TIMES REPORT
JAMMU, July 12: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) JK Branch organized a panel discussion on “Cyber Security” which was chaired by Dr Ashok Bhan, former DGP, J&K Police. The panelist included S K Bhalla, Director (Cyber & Information Security Cell), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and Amit Dubey, a renowned National Security Expert and Crime Investigator from New Delhi.
While speaking during the webinar, Bhalla highlighted that more than 60% of the cyber crimes in the country correspond to financial frauds and the intensity of such crimes have increased during COVID-19 outbreak. He urged upon the fact that the citizens should be aware of the possible reasons including - greed, curiosity, helpfulness and urgency – that cyber criminals use to dupe the common man. While outlining the various initiatives being taken by the Central Government, he specifically emphasized on the role of Cyber Division of MHA in protecting the citizens from potential threat of cybercrimes.
Dr Ashok Bhan in his address said that recent COVID – 19 outbreak has transformed the society which will now emerge as a digitally empowered society.
He said that despite technological advancements, governments, institutions and individuals are at high risk. According to him, individual privacy in the networked boundary-less world is a utopian thought and therefore cyber safety and security is essential.
He proposed the idea of creating a national level database of cyber criminals and their activities should be tracked using high end technological solutions for proactive response in case of such crimes.
Earlier, B R Sharma, Chairman, PSC and Chairman, IIPA, J&K in his address opined that digital capabilities of individuals, institutions and government agencies should be enhanced to prevent vulnerabilities.