Kerala Police Cyberdome completes one year of yeoman service

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Trivandrum: Cyberdome, a technological research and development Centre of Kerala Police conceived as a Cyber Centre of excellence in cyber security as well as technology augmentation for effective policing, is completing its first year of operations. The Cyberdome, a PPP initiative, is located inside the Technopark campus in Thiruvananthapuram.

Briefing the media about the current challenges in the area of cyber crimes and the work that the centre is doing, Manoj Abraham IPS, IG & Nodal Officer, Kerala Police Cyberdome said, “Cyberdome was envisaged as a high-tech public-private partnership Centre of collaboration for different stakeholders in the domain of cyber security and handling of cyber crimes, in a proactive manner. One of the main objectives of the Cyberdome is to prevent cyber crimes through the development of a cyber threat resilient ecosystem in Kerala to defend against the growing threat of cyber attacks by synergizing with other departments and nodal agencies of the State. It’s about cyber patrolling. Looking back we have been successful in not just meeting our objectives but also exceeding them. “

In the last one year, Cyberdome has been able to partner with 30+ IT Companies, five Academic Institutions, 12 NGOs, six Government agencies, three International agencies and all Banks under RBI in Kerala. Over 500+ ethical hackers, 359 students and 250 mobile technicians are also associated with Cyberdome in various roles. These hackers, IT professionals and technicians work for free, on a voluntary basis for Cyberdome unlike in some other States where they are paid some incentives.

Listing out some of the areas of work, the Nodal Officer mentioned about a project on Geospatial analysis with IIITMK to find out the exact location of mobile phones which would help in police investigations. The centre does vulnerability check of all government websites on a proactive basis. They are also planning to set up a separate lab for social media monitoring and this will be launched later this month.

Use of the search and analysis platform for text and rich media to weed out criminals, and targeting Kerala specific pornographic websites and Facebook pages to block them are some of the other regular activities of the centre. An integrated traffic enforcement and payment system and centre for cyber security training are in the offing. Some of the major focus areas are policing the Dark Net, Ransomware and Malware. The Centre is also working towards getting the ISO 27001: 2013 certification.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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