Tackling the Menace: Homeland Security 2018
T“They (cybercriminals) will send you a picture of Monalisa and out of curiosity you will download that picture, which has the virus embedded in it. Terrorists are using these pictures to send their messages. While forwarding (images) also, we are knowingly or unknowingly helping people indulging in cybercrimes. SS Ahluwalia, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Government ” of India
he 10th edition of Homeland
Security programme was organized by FICCI on 30-31 May 2018, in association with Vivekananda International Foundation on 'Cyber Crime Management'. The conference brought together experts from the government, intelligence and police forces, industry, academia and think tanks to deliberate on 'Make in India' for cyber-security, next generation cyber technologies for homeland security, technology to protect critical infrastructure from cyber criminals, big data for intelligence & security, and perspective of law enforcement agencies to combat cyber-crime.
Rashesh Shah, President, FICCI and Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Group, appreciated the government's consistent efforts to create digital infrastructure in the country and
“Cyber-attack is one of the important security challenges that the country is facing today or the world is facing. Cyber-attacks can pose wide-ranging threats to power grids, they can impact and cripple financial institutions, that can result in leakage of sensitive information and so on. Rajiv Gauba, Union Home Secretary, Government of India ”
highlighted the need for a robust mechanism to tackle the menace of cybercrime. He suggested proactive cyber patrolling and monitoring of everything digital.
Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation & Former Deputy National Security Adviser, Government of India, suggested that India would do well to protect itself from the growing menace of
“Today hackings are very different. All the recent cybercrimes involve manipulation of several technologies. If you ask me, every case is a case of cyber-warfare. As of today, 90 per cent cases are cybercrimes, 9 per cent are targeted attacks and 1 per cent is cyberterrorism. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, National Security Council Secretariat, ” Government of India
cybercrime through a series of measures. These include a review of the criminal justice system, greater investment in cybercrime management, creation of indigenous security products, laying down of extensive testing infrastructures, greater contribution in setting security standards at international fora, legally empowering the national coordinator to deal with security issues and higher spending by industry on R&D.
SS Ahluwalia, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Government of India, said that people must be conscious of indiscreet use of the internet and possible cyber-threats as that may lead to cyber-attacks resulting in loss of precious data and privacy.
At the inaugural, Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India, highlighted that the cyber-attacks have become complex and most recent cyber-crimes are manipulation of several technologies. He underlined the need for the stakeholders including government, industry and others to associate for developing standards and guidelines in an effort to ward-off cyber-attacks and to build internal security systems.
Rajiv Gauba, Union Home Secretary, Government of India, emphasized that expertise and technology have to be evolved from both individual organizations as well as the government side. He asserted that partnership with industry, partnership with private sector, partnership with academic world is of utmost importance. He mentioned that there is a need for regular threat assessment and enhancing of ability to respond.
Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation, while felicitating the winners of FICCI SMART Policing Awards 2018, during the conference, suggested that the award should inspire police personnel in the country to emulate the best policing practices as exemplified by the awardees and must be instituted on 'Public Confidence' so that people look up to the police personnel and help them perform their duties more effectively.
He also unveiled the FICCI compendium on 'Best Practices in SMART Policing 2018' which brings together different SMART policing initiatives and practices undertaken by various security and law enforcement agencies across India. This compendium documents the entries felicitated with 'FICCI SMART Policing Awards 2018' and lists the entries that were received in the course of the selection process. The best practices documented here could be replicated by other institutions across the country.
On the occasion, the FICCI-EY report titled, 'Confronting the NewAge Cybercriminal-Disrupting the Web of Crime' was released.