Union Home Minister inaugurates Cyber Crime Unit of Delhi Police and National Cyber Forensic Lab
- The Union Home Minister inaugurated the Cyber Prevention, Awareness & Detection Centre (CyPAD) of Delhi Police and National Cyber Forensic Lab
- He said if we have to build public trust in a Digital World, then we will have to bear Zero Tolerance towards Cyber Crime.
- Internet is a platform not only aiding the evolution of social media, but also crucial to online banking, shopping and remotely operated systems in industry.
- We have to develop institutional mechanisms for undertaking timely assessment to challenges in cyber space and securing it for the common man, he said.
- MHA has initiated several steps in the last more than four years to deal with cybercrimes. This includes setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Phone Frauds.
- Under the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) scheme, the online cybercrime reporting portal cybercrime.gov.in has been operationalized.
- MHA has constituted an Expert Group for a detailed study and initiated creation of the Cyber Crime Coordination Centre which will deal with cyber forensics, cyber investigation, cyber research and innovation, threat analytics and cyber training.
- The setting up of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (i-4C) is a step towards its implementation. Under the i-4C, the National Cyber Forensics Lab has been inaugurated today.
- Cyber threats can be disaggregated, based on the perpetrators and their motives, into four: cyber espionage, cyber warfare, cyberterrorism, and cyber crime
- Cyber espionage:Intelligence gathering and data theft. Examples of this were Titan Rain and Moonlight Maze
- Cyber warfare:It involves the actions by a nation-state or international organization to attack and attempt to damage another nation’s computers or information networks.
- Cyber terrorism: It is premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs, and data which results in violence
- Cybercrime:Itis any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network.
India’s Approach to Cyber security
- The Information Act, 2000(amended in 2008) is the primary law for dealing with cybercrime and digital commerce in India.
- National Cyber Security Policy, 2013: The policy provides the vision and strategic direction to protect the national cyberspace. The major objectives of the policy are:
- To create secure cyber-ecosystem and enable adequate trust and confidence in electronic transactions and also guiding stakeholder’s actions for protection of cyber space.
- To create an assurance framework for design of security policies and enable actions for compliance of global standards.
- To strengthen regulatory framework for ensuring secure cyber ecosystem.
- To develop suitable indigenous technologies in ICT sector.
- To increase the visibility of integrity of ICT product by establishing infrastructure for testing and validation of security of such product.
- Draft National Encryption Policy, 2015:It aims to enable information security environment and secure transactions in Cyber Space for individuals, businesses, Government including nationally critical information systems and networks.
International Vision Zero Conference’ to Promote Occupational Safety and Health Inaugurated in Mumbai
- The concept of Vision Zero is fast gaining international acceptance and is expected to leverage the efforts of the GoI to raise the occupational safety and health standards in the country so as to improve the occupational safety and health situation.
- The concept of Vision Zero is based on four fundamental principles viz. life is non-negotiable, humans are fallible, tolerable limits are defined by human physical resistance, and people are entitled to safe transport and safe workplaces.
- The Vision is based on principles of Controlling Risks, Ensuring Safety and Health in Machines, Equipment and Workplaces and Skill Upgradation of Workforce.
PCS1X Maritime-Commerce Portal
- PCS1x is an upgraded version of the e-commerce portal Port Community System (PCS). It has been developed in record time by the Indian Ports Association, based on feedback from stakeholders using PCS.
- PCS has played a vital role in enhancing Ease of Doing Business in the maritime sector by facilitating a transparent and paperless system for electronic submission of trade document.
- Digitization in EXIM trade, of which PCS is a part, has played a major role in improving India’s world ranking in Ease of Doing Business.
- In World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index India’s position stood at 100 in 2017, registering an improvement of 30 points over 2016.
- It subsequently rose to 77th rank the following year. This is primarily due the ranking in Trading Across Border parameter which improved to 80 from 146 last year.
- PCS Ix is a new generation system with a user-friendly interface that brings together various stakeholders of the maritime sector, and facilitates Government-to-Business, Business –to-Government and Business-to-Business transactions within the required legal framework.
- It ensures extreme levels of cyber security. The architecture of PCS is built on open platform technology to integrate / latch on to any new concept or module available in the industry without disturbing the current ecosystem. This is a unique feature which provides unlimited landscape for growth and expansion.
India-Argentina Business Forum
- India is keen to strengthen bilateral ties with Argentina which is one of the leading trading partners of India in the Latin American region.
- Both countries recognize need to upgrade bilateral trade and economic relations from the current level to a higher level by utilizing the untapped potential available to both nations.
- India wants to partner with Argentina in its efforts to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025.
- Commerce & Industry Ministry has identified 12 champion sectors to enhance the contribution of services sector to USD 3 trillion.
- The Minister urged Invest India to create special dispensation for Argentina.
- The Commerce & Industry Minister informed that Argentina is a major player in the field of agriculture and India can benefit from the expertise of Argentina in reducing pre and post-harvest losses.
- The Minister also said that India and Argentina can work together to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture.
- Indian pharmaceutical products are recognized globally for their high quality and affordable prices and cooperation in this sector can greatly benefit consumers of Argentina.
- India is capable of supplying high quality generic drugs at affordable prices to meet the needs of the Argentine pharma market.
India to use AI for good governance – Suresh Prabhu
- Minister said that Government will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for good governance and proper regulations and corrective action will be taken to protect citizen’s privacy and ownership of data.
- India is transporting more data than US and China put together and the top six companies in the world are using this data with value addition and monetization.
- The Minister said that AI is the technology of today and one who masters this will rule the world. Every country is developing an AI strategy and India too is working on developing a strategy for the use of AI for the common good.
- This is the first time in human history that machines are taking decisions based on data and experience and we have to learn to deal with this kind of decision making.
- Government will have to put in place mechanisms on how data is used, and algorithms are written.
- As all the data being generated in world today is being controlled by few companies, it is creating asymmetries as very few create, understand and use this data.
- This has given rise to a very powerful elite who are controlling millions of lives.
- Government will have to take massive efforts in the fundamental education of every Indian from school level so that access to mathematics and technology is available to each and every student.
- In the present world those who can’t access technology will be on the other side as AI is creating an ethical divide. Therefore, education at the foundation level has to be upgraded urgently.