IIM Indore conducted a special webinar on ‘Cyber Security’ by ADG Dr. Varun Kapoor on June 24, 2020. Professor Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore and Professor Sanjeev Tripathi, Chair, FPM, welcomed the speaker. The webinar was attended by the participants from various programmes and faculty of the Institute.
Dr. Kapoor mentioned that cyber crimes are different from any other crimes since they occur in virtual world. To protect ourselves from being a cyber crime victim, we must ensure quick and apt reaction and response and be aware about the situation. ‘Ensuring that we don’t become a victim to the cyber crime should also be a habit. Having knowledge about the crime is not enough, one must also be aware of how to prevent falling victim to these digital crimes’, he said. He noted that the traditional crimes might have decreased during the lockdown, but the rate of cyber crimes has increased—since the criminal and the victim do not need to be in physical connect, and the crime can be committed virtually. He advised the participants to be vigilant to avoid any digital frauds.
He then also discussed about five important uses of cyberspace namely, collecting information (over 2 trillion searches are made on Google every year); e-commerce (there are over 1 million online buyers); communication (there are 7 billion mobile subscribers); social networking (2 billion Facebook users) and entertainment (5 million games are daily downloaded from iOS).
Discussing the definition of cyber crime as per the IT Act, Dr. Kapoor noted that any crime committed via any electronic device is considered cyber crime. He also shared three major types of cyber crimes and the solutions and precautions to be taken. He concluded by noting that one should always have a mindset of safety and security; avoid greed and shortcuts; think before taking any action; have complete knowledge about the cyber security and do not trust anything blindly.
The session was a fruitful one with information about how to remain secure and safe in today’s digital world. The talk concluded with a Q&A session.