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Cyber Space is Least Policed : Rajendra Mishra, Inspector General of Police, Head, Cyber Cell, Madhya Pradesh Police

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Rajendra Mishra
Inspector General of Police,  Head, Cyber Cell, Madhya Pradesh Police

MP Police is one of the first Police organisation across states in India to have separate Cyber Police Department How did the department go for it?

The Cyber cell  of MP Police  started in the  year 2000 as a part of state CID. But it was felt that a cell is not enough to meet  the kind of  crime explosion in the cyber space in recent years. More so , due to  increase in use of electronic gazettes and the transmigration of life of almost one and all into cyber space.  Our living, profession and business  all today are dependent on the cyber space., but the cyber space is  least Policed.  Realising this in the year 2008, state government appointed an Inspector General of Police as  head of Cyber Cell. In January 2009  an Independent State Cyber Police Department  was carved out of State CID.

The awareness about cyber crime and security is low, across states including Madhya Pradesh. Don’t you see it as biggest challenge? What is your road map to tackle this issue?

Yes  it is a big challenge.  To bring awareness we are involving the media, conducting trainings, seminars for the  public and the Police personnel in this regard.

Given the consideration that Police is not a very technology savvy department, please tell us how competent is your team to tackle issues in Cyber space?

Although an average Police personnel many not be as good  as it is expected, we have been able to get fair bit of appreciation as far as cyber crime is concerned. We have created dedicated cyber Police cadre to tackle more sophisticated crimes and we have been fairly successful in this regard.

Young population is one of the most  vulnerable sections of the society towards cyber crime. How did you plan to tackle this issue?

We have created a dedicated website for the public, www.mpcyberPolice.nic.in so that young population is aware of the dangers in the cyber space. One can see sample cases and related information on our website so that they are aware of the dangers that exist in the cyber space.

Many times, perpetrators of cyber crime are not the residents of state and not even the country- sitting in foreign land- where the Police department does not have any jurisdiction. How did you bring perpetrators to justice?

Yes it is difficult. But there are standard protocols to get these people to justice. We issue red corner notices and Letter Rogettory in such cases,  take the help of INTERPOL and different embassies to solve such cases.

E-mails and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephony is being increasingly used for  communications by the non state actors (terrorists). How did you plan to tackle it?

We are  aware of these dangers. Today we have dedicated agencies  to monitor the cyber traffic and timely intervention have saved us from  many mis happennings. However, this continues to be a challenge.

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