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Kerala to commission 'CyberDome' to fight online crimes

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

In view of emerging challenges in the cyber world and spiralling internet crime rate, Kerala police is getting ready to launch a CyberDome, a high tech centre for cyber security and innovations, here next month.

According to state police, the CyberDome, coming up in the premises of IT hub Technopark, will be the first such high tech public-private partnership centre in the country.

The CyberDome is envisaged as a primary monitoring unit for the internet and the nodal centre for policing the social networking sites and anti-terror activities in cyber space.

All types of internet related activities ranging from virtual policing, automated threat intelligence, cyber forensics, tweetalongs, facebook quiz to virtual courts and tracking system for protecting children would be performed by the upcoming high tech cyber centre, they said.

The Centre would also be the specialised agency on all matters of crime investigation and monitoring and would provide expert advice and solutions to all the Cyber Cells functioning in various districts under the state police.

A top official said digitalization and rapid modernization has led to steep increase in the number of cyber crime related complaints registered in the state.

"The core objective of the CyberDome is the prevention of cyber crimes. At present, what we do is to act after a cyber crime case is reported. But, we hope that we can prevent all such crimes with the opening of the centre," Manoj Abraham IPS, Nodal Officer of Kerala Police CyberDome, told PTI.

He said the tele-density level of the state is high and it has also led to increasing number of cyber crimes.

"Kerala has 2.5 crore mobile phones, 30 lakh landline connections and 12 lakh internet connections. The state also has a 85 per cent tele-density level as against the national average of 56.83 per cent," he said.

"All these pose major challenges in the cyber crime investigation. Technology also gets obsolete within no time and so constant updating is needed for combating cyber crimes," he said.

The CyberDome is coming up against the backdrop of Kerala government's plans to make amendments in the state Police Act to effectively check cyber crimes as there are certain limitations in the existing provisions.

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First Published: Fri, October 16 2015. 14:57 IST