The digital revolution forayed into India a long time ago. The nation is now progressively utilizing the transformation for making the society go cashless. Apart from making the transactions cash-free, India is digitalizing a majority of other aspects as well. Be it the deployment of security, management of traffic, or manufacturing of goods, the Indian economy is rejoicing the benefits of digitalization in niche fields and industries as well.
However, with every good thing, there’s something bitter attached to it, and in the case of India, there’s more than one. Breaching, interrupting, manipulating and interfering with the technology or digital platforms are some of the threats that are linked to the digital revolution. These intimidations encourage to have a robust cyber security mechanism in India. To curb the hazards of breaching, an anti-cybercrime body is indispensable in the country.
Cyber Security in India: The Current Scenario
To keep at bay any cyber-attack, India introduced the IT Act in the year 2000 which was amended and brought into existence again in the year 2008. Technology literally evolves every single day. Thus, to be more vigilant and attentive against cybercrimes, India introduced National Cyber Security Policy in the year 2013. However, the policy turned out to be very weak.
When in 2014, the PMO made a new position in the ministry i.e. the position of the National Cyber Security Coordinator and made Dr. Gulshan Rai its head.He also mentioned that there was a whopping 50% rise in cybercrimes in the year 2013.
Till date, numerous cyber breaches have taken place in India. For instance, 1,791 cybercrime cases were registered in the year 2011. The number elevated and reached to 8,045 in the year 2015.
Here are some of the notable cybercrimes that took place in India:
Retail is Taking Care of Cyber Security Detail
Not just the big names and brands are prone to cyber-attacks. Everyone who earns online, sells online, operates e-commerce portals, undertakes transactions online is vulnerable. An individual transacting online cannot undertake cyber security on his own unless his vendor, bank or his favorite online shopping portal takes an initiative.
The retailers fathom well the significance of undertaking cyber security and this is how they are doing it in India:
The Plan of Action against Cyber Crimes
Demonetization that took place recently made the citizens of India realize the potential of online payment systems. Though many were doing it before but the same boosted after this major decision of the government. Even the government is encouraging people to go cashless. However, both the banks and government know the biggest risk associated with going cashless.
It is not just the lack of knowledge among the people on how to use the online banking facilities, mobile apps to pay, or to use debit card/credit card to pay their bills. It is also the concern of securing the online payment mode in order to safeguard the hard-earned money of the public.
For the same, the Government of India has taken various initiatives:
Fully Operational Anti-Cyber Crime Cell: The Need of the Hour
With the after effects of demonetization, online selling and buying reaching to a new height. And with the encouragement from Government of India to go cashless, a robust and operational anti-cybercrime cell in India is the need of the hour. Furthermore, anti-cybercrime cells will act as huge deterrents against the all kinds of cyber crimes.
It takes years to earn but a single breach by a cybercriminal is enough to make your vault empty!
About the Author:
Dr. Yogesh Bhat
Head and Director
Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT)
Dr. Yogesh is a Graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee; Post-Graduate from CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and Fellow (Doctorate) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
Dr. Yogesh Kumar Bhatt is the Vice-President – IT Education and Training at Manipal Global Education (MaGE). He heads Manipal Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT). And he also looks after entire academic development and delivery of programs for Information Technology vertical. Furthermore, he has around two decades of experience involving employee competency development, education, training, delivery and consulting in Information Technology sector.
Prior to joining MaGE, he has worked for 16 years with Infosys, spending this time across various functions and roles. His last role at Infosys was as the Associate Vice President and Head.