Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children portal Current Affairs - 2020

“Cyber AASHVAST” Cyber Crime Prevention Unit launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

On January 11, 2020, Home Minister Amit Shah launched the country’s first Cyber Crime Prevention Unit called the “Cyber AASHVAST” in Gandhinagar. Along with AASHVAST, the Video Integration and State Wide Advance Security project called VISWAS was also launched

Highlights

The Cyber AASHVAST is a unit that will act to prevent cyber crimes with the help of VISWAS and NETRANG. It will own an exclusive online portal that will have dedicated service helpline for victims of cyber-crimes. The AASHVAST will also monitor, prevent and control cyber-crimes in the state. Along with AASHVAST and VISWAS, Project NETRANG was also launched. It will establish command and control rooms in 33 districts of Gujarat.

In India the cyber-crimes have almost doubled between 2016 and 2017 according to NCRB. Therefore, GoI is taking many measures to bring them under control.

Government Measures

The Government recently launched the I4C (Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre) and established Cyber and Information Security Division (C&IS). The C&IS will implement NATGRID (National Intelligence Grid), NISPG (National Information Security Policy).

The NATGRID is an intelligence grid that connects databases of security agencies operating under GoI. The National Information Security Policy aims at protection of information in cyberspace. It elaborates security concepts and best security practices to be implemented. These practices will be made mandatory for the ministries to implement in order to protect government data.

GoI established I4C and a portal to deal cyber crimes

On January 10, 2020, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and a National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. The centre was approved in October 2018 at a cost of 416 crores.

Highlights

The I4C has 7 major components. It includes National cyber Crime Threat Analysis Unit, Platform for Joint Cyber crime Investigation team, National Cyber Crime reporting portal, cyber crime ecosystem management unit, national cyber-crime training centre, National Cyber Research and Innovation centre and Cyber crime Ecosystem management unit.

So far, 15 state governments and Union Territories have agreed to set up Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres.

The National Cyber Crime reporting portal will enable the citizens to report cyber crimes online. It has specific focus on crimes against child pornography, women, child sex abuse.

Significance

According to NCRB (National Crime Research Bureau), 2017, the cyber crimes has doubled in India. Apart from I4C, the central government has also launched NIC-CERT (National Informatics Centre-Computer Emergency Response Team).

The centres are highly important for India to achieve its 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024. This is because, Indian Power sector alone faces at least 30 events being reported daily. The attacks originate from Singapore, China and Russia.