Union Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw addresses the 2nd National Conference on Cybercrime Investigation and Digital Forensics and presents medals to CBI winners

Union Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw addresses the 2nd National Conference on Cybercrime Investigation and Digital Forensics and presents medals to CBI winners

Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Union Railways; Communications; Electronics and Information Technology today inaugurated the “Second National Conference on Cybercrime Investigation and Digital Forensics” at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, organized by CBI on the occasion of “Cyber Jaagrukta (Awareness) Saptah between April 4-7, 2022″. Shri Vaishnaw also launched the new CBI website (https://cbi.gov.in) during the conference. The newly launched website is a dynamic and responsive front-end tool with user-friendly content management and administration features. The website is bilingual (English and Hindi) with role-based access. The website will provide authentic information about CBI to all stakeholders. He also presented police meritorious service medals to 12 officers and Asadharan Aasuchana Kushalata Padak to two officers.

Addressing the conference, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the topic discussed at the conference is of great relevance to all of us, and added that cyber crime has a very important role. He also discussed the benefits and vulnerability of placing vital personal/private information on a large scale in the public domain. Emphasizing that the way our society, our organizations, our daily work has integrated and shifted to devices like smart phones, we have gained a lot of productivity, efficiency, convenience, but at the same time the possibility of someone interfering in our daily life has greatly increased. This can be benign for a while, but above all malignant.

The Minister pointed out that the fight against the fraudulent use of information in cyberspace is a huge challenge and considered that it can be tackled on 05 fronts, including the need to manage the legal structure in a major way. This, he said, should be managed in a way that balances the need for confidentiality and at the same time prevents fraudulent activities that take place under the guise of the right to privacy and freedom of expression. The minister called on university students, young scientists, young engineers to come up with solutions such as using blockchains, encryptions, very good firewalls, insulating infrastructure, etc.

The Minister also discussed the impact of the threat of cyberattacks on today’s technology-driven infrastructure, such as railway systems, power systems, etc. the aspirations of our generations as well as the safety of people, the empowerment of social media, the removal of people who want to swindle our hard-earned savings. Shri Vaishnaw called for organizational measures at different levels, whether it is a student managing his own password or a small family, the wifi router in the family or a small business or a large company or a department, all organizations will have to think more about the protection of cyberspace. The minister also stressed the need for capacity building and said that extremely persistent efforts will have to be made to build capacity in cyber investigation, cyber crime, cyber law, cyber technology and cyber security.
He also spoke about the importance of mutual cooperation, saying that cybercrime has no borders and can be perpetrated from those emails that originated 10 to 12 years ago and in today’s world. today where daily spam comes from all parts of the world. . “So this kind of mutual cooperation will be very important between countries, between organizations, all branches that are affected by cybercrime,” he added.

CBI Director Shri Subodh Kumar Jaiswal welcomed the guest of honor and other dignitaries. He said the national conference was a very important initiative to address emerging challenges. Shri Jaiswal also said that today’s conference is the second of its kind and is an effort in the direction of building the capacity of participants on the complexities of cybercrimes so that they can use this knowledge in the workplace.
Shri Jaiswal said that CBI has acquired reasonable expertise in cybercrime investigations over time. CBI is the lead agency in the investigation of cybercrime, as far as all the challenges facing the government. Indian organizations are concerned, CBI’s Cybercrime Division also functions as a point of contact for group-8 network 24*7 24 hours a day in a point-to-point network with law enforcement agencies over hundred countries. He also coordinated on behalf of the Police Service of India the request for preservation of digital data.
The farewell session was addressed by the Director, CBI.
The conference deliberated on several important topics with Indian and foreign dignitaries and experts as speakers who addressed both in physical and virtual mode. Speakers for the session on Advances in Digital Forensics and Digital Evidence Collection Techniques were Dr. JM VYAS, Vice Chancellor, National Forensic Science University (NFSU); Shri Madan Oberoi, Executive Director (Technology and Innovation), INTERPOL; Dr. Navin Choudhary, Dean of the School of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, NFSU; Shri BS Bindhumadhava, G Scientist and Senior Director at CDAC Bengaluru, Karnataka and Ms. NS Nappinai, Supreme Court Advocate and Cyber ​​Law Expert.
Speakers in the session on enhancing international cooperation to combat cybercrime were Shri Benazir Ahmed BPM (Law), Inspector General of Police (Bangladesh); Shri Kawahara Jumpei, Director General, Cyber ​​Affairs Bureau, National Police Agency, Japan; Ms. Justine Gough, Assistant Commissioner, Cyber ​​Command Australian Federal Police; Shri Mohamed Hameed, Commissioner of Police, Maldives Police Service; Shri CV Anand, IPS, Commissioner of Police, City of Hyderabad and Shri Satya Yadav, Manager (Trust and Safety), Facebook India.
The session on the use of technology and public awareness for real-time prevention of financial cybercrimes was delivered by Shri Dinesh Kumar Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India; Shri Ajit Menon, Information Security Manager, Tata Consultancy Services; Ms. Mary Jo Schrade, Regional Director, Microsoft; Shri Dilip Asbe, MD and CEO, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Shri DC Jain, Additional Director, CBI.
Speakers in the session on protecting older people and children from cybercrime and reducing vulnerabilities on digital platforms were Ms. Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director, EUROPOL; Shri Praveen Sinha, Special Director, CBI and Delegate representing Asia on the INTERPOL Executive Committee; Mr. Anup B Kumar, Asia Manager, Survey and Analytics, Microsoft; Jose A. Perez, Section Chief, Criminal Investigations Division, FBI & Mr. Christophr T. Crocker, Deputy Section Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States and Shri Prem Gautam, DIG, Special Unit, CBI.
Around 290 delegates including the head of police formations and law enforcement agencies from all over India, digital forensics experts, a senior representative of social media intermediaries and members of academia physically participated in the Vigyan Bhawan while around 1000 attendees including some speakers also joined virtually. Web links were shared with CAPFs, State/UT Police, CVOs, etc., facilitating broad participation. The national e-conference should provide a common platform for all stakeholders to exchange experience on recent innovations, concerns and to formulate ideas on formulating a strong response capacity on problem building.
Rapid digitization in all spheres of our business has led to the rise of the specter of cybercrimes. The inherently technological nature of these crimes, coupled with their transnational reach, necessitates a dynamic and multi-pronged response in coordination with key stakeholders such as social media intermediaries, technology platforms and digital forensics experts. The exponential increase in the number of internet users on social media platforms in India and the rapid evolution of technologies have brought about unique challenges, including those related to cybercrimes, which are both transnational and insidious in nature. Sustained efforts are also needed to remind citizens of the cardinal principles of cyber hygiene which have become increasingly important due to changing scenarios in cyberspace bludgeoned with technological advancements.
Police Meritorious Service Medals were presented to S/Sh. Rajendra Ganpat Chavan, Deputy Inspector, BS&FC, CBI, Mumbai; Nilambur Narayanan Srikrishan, Inspector, SU, CBI, Chennai; Adu Ram, Chief of Police, SU, CBI, New Delhi; R. Ravi, DSP, SCB, CBI, Chennai; Onkar Nath Singh, Constable, ACB, CBI, Patna; Ch. V. Narendra Deve, DSP, ACB, CBI, Visakhapatnam, Ajay Kranti Sharma, DSP, SU, CBI, Delhi; Mayukh Maitra, DSP, SU, CBI, Kolkata; Jitendra Kumar, DSP, ACB, CBI, Jodhpur; Y. Ramakrishnan, Inspector, ACB, CBI, Chennai; Lakhan Singh, Constable, EO-IV, CBI, Kolkata; Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Constable, ACB, CBI, Jammu.
Asadharan Aasuchana Kushalata Padak were introduced to S/Sh. Deptendu Bhattacharya, ASP, SU, CBI, New Delhi and Anil Kumar Upadhyay, Inspector, SU, CBI, New Delhi.

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