Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre Current Affairs
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The Union Home Ministry will set up Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), an apex coordination centre in New Delhi to deal with cybercrimes.
It also has asked States to establish similar mechanism in every district and released funds for setting up of cyber-forensic training laboratory-cum-training centre for police officials in each State. It also has released funds to Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children Scheme.
Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C)
It will be apex coordination centre to deal with cybercrimes based in New Delhi. It will coordinate with State governments/UTs and closely monitor cyberspace and social media with due emphasis on vernacular content. It will also block those websites which flout Indian laws and circulate child pornography and communally and racially sensitive content.
It will also maintain list of suspects and leads generated during investigations in cybercrime cases and will be shared with law enforcement agencies through secured internal network. Under this framework, state governments will set up State cybercrime coordination cell at headquarter-level and also establish district cybercrime cells.
Over a period of time, there has been phenomenal increase in use of computers, smart phones and internet in India. With this increase, cybercrimes have emerged as major challenge for law enforcement agencies. The cybercrime cases are of varied types ranging from defacement of government websites, online financial frauds, online stalking and harassment, and data thefts. Moreover, these cybercrime cases pose technical, legal and administrative challenges in investigation which require strengthening of institutional mechanism. Institutionalisation of I4C comes in wake of 1,44,496 cybersecurity attacks observed in country during 2014-16 period. MHA already has created Cyber and Information Security Division, a new wing to deal with new-age challenge.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to set up Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to tackle internet-related crimes such as cyber threats, child pornography and online stalking. These divisions will be set up under MHA’s newly created Cyber & Information Security (CIS) Division.
Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF)
The CWPF is likely to operate under National Information Security Policy and Guidelines wing of MHA’s CIS division. It is proposed to be raised on lines of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). So far, there has been no decision on the CWPF’s jurisdiction, where it will derive its powers or personnel from and whether it will be empowered to make arrests.
CIS Division was created in November 2017. It has four wings, namely Security Clearance, Cyber Crime Prevention, Cyber Security and Information Security Wings each headed by Under Secretary level Officer. Its two divisions cybercrime and information security have already begun operations. It is also proposed to appoint the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy CISO.
MHA has already issued communique asking states/UTs to consider setting up state as well as district cybercrime coordination cells. The State Cybercrime Coordination Cells be headed by additional director general (ADG) or inspector-rank official, and district cybercells by a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) or additional superintendent of police-level official. The State cyber security cells will form foundation of centralised CWPF.