Ground Zero Summit 2015

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The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Asia’s foremost Information Security Conference: Ground Zero Summit 2015 today.

The theme for the Summit is Digital India – ‘Securing Digital India’ .

The summit is being organized by the Indian Infosec Consortium (ICC), a not-for-profit organization formed by leading cyber security professionals of the country.

The four-day summit is being organized to deliberate upon various issues related to cyber security challenges emerging due to the latest technological developments.

Cyber security is a big challenge these days and ‘cyber barriers’ need to be created to tackle it. The physical boundaries are still relevant in the internet era, though their importance has declined.

Cyber world is the fifth dimension of security along with the earlier dimensions of security i.e. land, air, water and space. The crimes related to cyber world can be multi-layered, multi-location, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-legal, that’s why it is difficult to investigate and reach to the criminal.

The cases related to cyber crime have increased by 70% in the year 2014 as compared to the year 2013. There was an increase of about 64% in the year 2013 as compared to the year 2012.

‘Cyber Terrorism’ is a big danger in the world along with cyber crime. Today, due to technology and internet, a person living in a remote area can have access to such information by which he can indulge in an act of terror, despite not being associated with any terror group. Such powers are also active in the cyber space which work in the direction of radicalization of youth in this direction. The Cyber security experts need to be alert specially towards the ‘online radicalization’.

Government has taken some initiatives in order to ensure cyber security such as forming a cyber policy i.e. a legislation on cyber space.

The Government had also formed a committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator.

On the basis of the recommendations of the committee, the Government has started making efforts to set up the “Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre” (I-4C). This will help in monitoring and capacity building of the cyber crimes and will also help the Law Enforcement Agencies in curtailing these crimes.

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