Mumbai: “Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is the first city to have a dedicated cyber crime police station, equipped with state-of-the art apparatus, to handle all cases of offences committed in the information technology space. The issue of cyber crime is becoming more and more complex with the widespread usage of social media, online financial transactions etc. The Mumbai police is taking training and operational support from foreign institutions and governments to face the ever-rising complexity of the issue. The Mumbai Police is partnering with all stakeholders, especially educational institutions, industry bodies in creating awareness to a larger audience”, said Mr. Ahmed Javed I.P.S., Commissioner of Police, Mumbai speakingon ‘Cyber Safety and Security’ jointly organised by the World Trade Centre Mumbai, All India Association of Industries (AIAI) along with the US-India Investors’ Forum on December 17, 2015 at World Trade Centre Mumbai.
Mr. Javed further informed that the Mumbai Police is taking recourse tothe robust Indian Information Technology Act 2000 in addressing issues of cyber crime as the number of the case registered are increasing. He further added that information technology is developing at a fast pace and the Mumbai Police has to keep abreast with this in order to tackle cyber crimes. This can be achieved through training, upgrading skills and hardware and software gadgets.
In conclusion, Mr. Javed added that the Mumbai Police Force is exploring formal exchange of co-operation with embassies and ministries of all governments, safety of Consular Corps will always remain our priority.
In his address, Mr. Vijay Mukhi, The Third Opinion remarked that cyber crime is a global issue and it needs to be addressed through a global approach and no city can resolve it in isolation. In 2000-01, Mumbai Police was the first to realize the importance of setting up a dedicated team to handle cyber crimes. Since then, the Mumbai Police has been working closely with all stakeholders including industry bodies, diplomatic corps, social media in making Mumbai a cyber safe city of the world.
Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice-Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President, All India Association of Industries said cyber safety is one of the areas where Mumbai Police is leading and has been focusing for the last 10-15 years. AIAI and WTC have been conducting events to create awareness which is the need of the hour, especially when the Indian government has announced the ‘Digital India’ Initiative. In addition to promotion of educational and awareness programmes on hacking and other cyber crimes, it is crucial to plug lot of areas such as leakages, hacking and frauds. One has to be vigilant and educate oneself on a daily basis. He recalled the association of World Trade Centre since the days computer was introduced in Mumbai police department.
Further, Mr. Kalantri proudly informed that the Delhi Police expressed interest to work with All India Association of Industries and World Trade Centre Mumbai to tackle cyber crime a few days ago and involve us
Mr. Kalantri assured the Police Commissioner that All India Association of Industries and World Trade Centre would support the police force in tackling cyber crime in the coming days. He praised Mr. Ahmed for his dedicated focus on addressing cyber crime issues in India.
The Meeting was well attended by Consular Corps.
Mr. Manoj Gursahani, Chairman, US-India Investors’ Forum proposed the vote of thanks for the event.
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