Cyber crime has become a big threat: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI(PTI): Cyber crime has become a big threat for the country as various disruptive forces are trying to lure and mislead young minds over the internet, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

Rajnath Singh

Inaugurating an information security conference — ‘Ground Zero Summit-2015’ here, the Home Minister said the government was concerned about cyber security and steps have been taken in this regard. “Cyber crimes are a big threat and they are increasing. Many forces in this domain are trying to lure young minds. We can’t be fully secure until we have good cyber security,” he said.

Singh said efforts must be made to ensure that the country’s systems and networks were updated properly. The Home Minister said the government will soon set up a cyber crime coordination centre following a suggestion of an expert committee in this regard. The Home Ministry had recently said a Rs 400 crore cybercrime control hub, to be called ‘Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre’ (IC4), will be set up to check cyber crime, including child pornography and online abuse, as per the recommendations of the committee.

One of the priorities of IC4 will be to check attempts by international gangs to penetrate Indian government’s official communication network and hack them. Key objectives of IC4 are to act as a nodal point in the fight against cyber crime and as an early warning system for law enforcement agencies with active cyber crime monitoring.

It will also set up an open platform for victims to raise cyber crime complaints with the protocol for resolution such as online crime reporting, to support and coordinate electronic investigations of cyber crime and assist the law enforcement agencies in criminal investigation. IC4 would provide all necessary technical assistance to CBI and state police on all cyber crime related issues. The Home Minister has already directed speedy implementation of recommendations of the committee.