New Delhi, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday flagged the need for hands-on training of law enforcement agencies and a coherent global strategy to counter the alarming rise in cyber crimes across the world.
Speaking at the two-day conference on ‘Homeland Security 2019-Innovation Led Cyber Crime Management’, organised by FICCI jointly with Vivekananda International Foundation, Mr Baijal said that there is an acute shortage of required skills in the law enforcement officials regarding cyber crime intelligence collection, data analytics, investigating techniques and digital forensics.
‘There is a need for more practical, hands-on training which is based on simulated environment. And, given the volumes involved, methodologies should be scalable,’ he said, adding that cyber crime, which knows no boundaries, needed a coordinated and collaborative approach across various states and different countries.
Mr Baijal said that a coherent, collaborative, global strategy is needed for countering transnational crimes like cyber crime. For this, he recommended revision of existing legal framework at national and international levels to adjust to the changing realities including recalibration of instruments like letters rogatory and extradition requests.
Lt Gen Dr Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator, National Security Council Secretariat, said that the average loss due to cyber crime globally is 2.5 per cent of global GDP, which translates to a loss of more than Rs 200,000 crore for India, highlighting the seriousness of the issue.
‘While we are presently working under the cyber security policy of 2013, we have already set up a taskforce for creating the National Cyber Security Strategy 2020. In the next two months, we expect to have a draft ready, put it up with the Cabinet in December and come out with a new strategy in January-February,’ Dr Pant said.
Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation and former Deputy National Security Advisor said that predictive policing should be incorporated into the police forces so that the police should be able to predict based on the huge amount of data and with the tools and technologies that are available.
Rahul Chaudhry, Chair, FICCI Committee on Homeland Security said, ‘We can no longer be in a delusion that cyber security threats dwell exclusively in abstract cyberspaces or software. Hardware can be seriously compromised.’
Vidur Gupta, Partner, EY said,’India needs to develop a strong cyber crime management ecosystem with concerted effort from law enforcement agencies (LEAs), academia and industry to mitigate cyber crimes. Only such a concerted effort can tackle the myriad cyber crime threats that we face as a society, and can thereby, provide assurance and trust to India’s economy.’
Rajan Luthra, Co-Chair, FICCI Homeland Security Committee said that there is an urgent need for continuous collaboration and active participation for cyber crime management. Innovation in the fast-changing cyber environment would have to be a key element of any cyber crime management programme, he added.