Cybercrime scare: How the online menace has matched foot with technological development over the years

Indian Police has been constantly fighting cybercrime and has taken up multiple initiatives (Cybercrime labs, response centres, cyber forensic labs etc.) to do the same.

New Delhi: A recent study has revealed that the cybercrime incidents in India have risen by 457% from the year of 2011 to 2016.

The joint study took into account the incidents which are categorised as cybercrime incidents under the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000.

Furthermore, the number of internet users grew at a CAGR of 44% between 2012-17, which has led India to be placed 3rd in terms of number of internet users in the world after USA and China. Symantec Corp ranked India among top 5 countries to be affected by cyber crime, noted the study titled ‘Digital Policing- Smart Policing for Public Safety,’ conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) jointly with NEC.

To establish a robust three tired structure comprising of Central Cyber Cell, District Cyber Cells and Police Station Cyber Teams across the entire jurisdiction of National Capital Territory to deal with cyber-crimes and to handle the growing menace of cyber frauds and online harassment, highlighted the study.

Using latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Facial Recognition, IoT etc., to identify and catch suspects/criminals, has gained much awareness among various law enforcement agencies. However, the implementation of these technologies is not on a national level but on a state level, which makes it very important for the central government to fund and support state level law enforcement agencies to utilize technologies to upgrade their policing methods, noted the joint study.

The government of India & multiple law enforcement agencies have taken lead in curbing growing cyber crime. In addition to establishing cyber labs and training the officers, additional development in terms of detecting and resolving cyber crime has to be added in the current arsenal of the law enforcers.

Implementing new policing technologies will enable access to personal information, assisting in the delivery of personalized and better public services. It will help in fighting crime, protecting public security, reducing burden on businesses and citizens and tackling social exclusion through early intervention, noted the study.

Crime has been transforming itself to match the technological development happening across the globe. Since the invention of computers & internet, crime has evolved from its physical version to a digital one. Introduction of IT Act in India in 2000, amended in 2008, was the turning point where Government of India stated focusing on the digital side of crimes i.e. Cybercrime.

To prevent cyber crimes through the development of a cyber threat resilient ecosystem in the state and to defend against cyber attacks by synergizing with other departments and nodal agencies of the State. Link up with multiple national and international cyber security & the law enforcement agencies to fight against the borderless nature of the cyber crimes has also been facilitated.

Indian Police has been constantly fighting cybercrime and has taken up multiple initiatives (Cybercrime labs, response centres, cyber forensic labs etc.) to do the same.

To counter it, State government and State police are constantly developing new anti-cyber crime measures with the help of central government and private organizations. Other than these initiatives, training and development of Police officers in the field of identifying and solving cyber crimes has been made imperative to keep police updated about latest criminal activities and the methods required to tackle it.