MUMBAI, INDIA - As part of the initiative of Mumbai Police to observe ‘Cyber Safety Awareness Month’, an interactive meeting on ‘Cyber Safety and Security’ was organised by the World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI) along with the US-India Investors’ Forum on December 17, 2015 at World Trade Centre Mumbai.
Delivering the keynote address at the event, Mr. Ahmad Javed, I.P.S., Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, said Mumbai is the first city in India to have a dedicated cyber crime police station, equipped with the state-of-the-art apparatus, to handle all cases of offences committed in the information technology space. The Mumbai police is taking training and operational support from foreign institutions and governments to face the ever-rising complexity of cyber crimes. The police is also partnering with all stakeholders, especially educational institutions, industry bodies in creating awareness to a larger audience, he informed.
Mr. Javed informed that the Mumbai Police is taking recourse to the robust Indian Information Technology Act 2000 in addressing issues of cyber crime as the number of the registered cases is increasing. He 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 through training, upgrading skills and hardware and software gadgets.
Lastly, Mr. Javed added that his 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.
Mr. Vijay Mukhi, The Third Opinion, provided an overview on ‘Cyber safety Journey’. He said 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.
Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice-Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President, All India Association of Industries, in his welcome address said cyber safety is one of the focus areas of Mumbai Police 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. It is crucial to address issues like leakages, hacking. One has to be vigilant and educate oneself on a daily basis.
Mr. Manoj Gursahani, Chairman, US-India Investors’ Forum proposed the vote of thanks for the event.
PHOTO: Mr. Ahmad Javed, I.P.S., Commissioner of Police, Mumbai (left) accepting a memento from Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai and President, AlAI (right), during an interactive meeting on ‘Cyber Safety and Security’ held at the WTC Mumbai on December 17, 2015.
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