HYDERABAD: A 100 percent spike in cases of cybercrimes in the last six months has lent a new urgency to cyber security as the State marks Digital Telangana Week.
Sample this: Everyday there are about 30 complaints of cybercrimes every day. According to cyber police, the number of cases that are not registered would be much higher and the range of criminal activity in cyberspace is unimaginable. In an attempt to tackle this situation, the Telangana government has signed an agreement with the CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics to setup a Cyber Security Training Academy in Hyderabad.
“Cyber security is one of the most serious issues that we are facing today. With enhanced technology, even government departments are at a risk falling prey to cyber warfare. We are setting up this facility to train cyber warriors to tackle cyber terrorism,” announced IT Minister KT Rama Rao.
Laying emphasis on the Telangana government’s commitment towards cyber security, KTR said, “In China, there are more than one crore cyber warriors. However, there are less than one lakh cyber warriors in . There is an urgent need for us to train more cyber warriors to tackle the threat of cyber attacks.”
Officials of the Hyderabad cyber crimes department feel that the initiative has come at the right time, since cyber crimes have shot through the roof in recent times. “With people frequently using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, criminal activity on the web has significantly increased and there is an urgent need for cyber warriors to enhance cyber security,” said B Anuradha, assistant commissioner of police (cyber crimes), Hyderabad city.
Senior members of IT companies, also highlighted the threat posed by cyber warfare and stressed on the need to train more personnel to deal with the situation.
“The current situation may not be alarming, but with increasing Internet usage, the threat is always there. Even a small threat can become a big issue,” said Srikanth Srinivasan, executive committee member, Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC).
Srinivasan, regional director of NASSCOM, which is located in the IT-zone of the city, feels that it’s important to train people and develop skills in cyber warfare. “The idea is to build cyber security landscape in the entire country. We have a national cyber security task force, which is working on how to tackle cyber warfare,” Srinivasan added.