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India sees a 457 per cent rise in cybercrimes between 2011 and 2016, says ASSOCHAM-NEC study

January 10, 2019
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According to a recent ASSOCHAM-NEC joint study, the number of cybercrime incidents in India increased by 457 per cent between 2011 and 2016.

The study highlighted that Symantec Corp had ranked India among top five countries to be affected by cyber crime between 2012 and 2017. Further, the number of internet users grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44 per cent of which India is placed third after US and China.

As per the study, the Indian government and multiple law enforcement agencies have taken the lead in curbing growing cyber crime and are developing new anti-cyber crime measures.

The study also pointed out that the use of latest technologies like artificial intelligence, big data analytics, facial recognition, internet of things (IoT) etc., to identify and catch criminals have gained awareness among various law enforcement agencies. However, the implementation of these technologies happens only at the state level and not on the national level. Thus, it is imperative for the centre to fund and support state level law enforcement agencies so that they can deploy these technologies to upgrade their policing methods.

Some of the other initiatives being taken up are- establishing cyber crime labs, response centres, cyber forensic labs; and training officers to identify and solve cyber crimes.


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