Parliamentary committee suggests central agency to deal with cyber crime
Aparliamentary committee has recommended that a centralised agency be setup to deal with cyber crime as the country has been witnessing a sharp increase in such cases over the past few years. The Standing Committee on Information Technology, chaired by Rao Inderjit Singh, pointed out that there are several agencies involved in maintaining separate data on cyber crime cases in India.
“The committee fail to understand as to how the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy) concertises its cyber security strategies when so many agencies are involved in data collection and maintenance and when there is absence of any centralised monitoring system and centralised maintenance of data relating cyber fraud,” the panel said.
Presently, the national Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) maintains data on cyber fraud, while data related to internet financial frauds along with the quantum is maintained by the Reserve Band and the CBI.
The committee said it has been informed that DEITy regularly interacts with the banks, RBI and CBI regarding cyber fraud-related actions like prevention, investigation, support, technical advisories, promotion of best practices and compliances. “The committee feel that there should be one single, centralised cell/agency to deal with all cases of cyber crime/ threat in the country. This will not only help the department in knowing the pattern of the crime, but also prevent recurrence of same kind of crimes with newer strategies,” it added.
The number of incidents of website compromise in India has grown 5.5 times during the last five years (2007-08 to 2013-14) putting it amongst the top 5 countries with respect to spam mails.
The panel said it was “highly perturbed” to note that 3,911 Indian websites were defaced/hacked up to June 2013 and majority (around 2,667) of these attacks occurred in the ‘.in’ domain, whose servers are in India. SP