The Cyber World has been created by computers and computer networks. The internet which is an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organizational computer facilities around the world is an interactive tool for instant access of information and knowledge on nearly every subject. The web has created the super express highway of communication and infotainment connecting every part of the globe which, in turn, has made the concept of Global Village a virtual reality.

With the internet maturing day by day, threats are increasing and cyber criminals are making news on a daily basis. Every other day, we hear news of cyber criminals hacking into banks, online sites, companies etc. It is very obvious that something has to be done to secure our IT infrastructure. But how does one do it? How does one start? One answer that comes to mind is Cyber Security Awareness, Training & Research. Thus it is necessary to inform people what is needed to secure their systems.

Towards this end, National Cyber Security Programme is carrying out extensive Awareness, Training and Education campaigns by establishing Resource Centres, so that the public are made aware of the dangers of the internet, and how they should be careful and avoid falling into cyber traps.

Some of the major that are under focus are,

Cyber Hacking
Computer hacking is when someone alters the intent of the creator.

Cyber Fraud
A cyber fraud happens when a computer and a network is involved in committing a crime.

Cyber Pornography
An act of using cyberspace to create, display, distribute, import or publish pornographic material.

Cyber Terrorism
This involves the use of cyber space to commit crimes in terms of attacks on National Security, cyber theft, altering national web sites etc.

Mobile Hacking
This involves breaking into one’s mobile phone and stealing sensitive data.

Digital Footprints
This is used to describe the digital traces that people leave online. All cyber activities leave a trace which can be tracked using effective forensic techniques.

In brief, National Cyber Safety and Security Standards will be setting up resource centres across the country in collaboration with various colleges and universities, with the following primary objectives:

  • To showcase to industry the environment and skills of students & faculty who are a part of the resource center.
  • To provide students & faculty with a hands on environment, so they can practice what they learn.
  • To provide opportunities towards advanced research and publishing of papers for deserving students & faculty.
  • To encourage students who would like to take up a career in cyber security. Towards achieving this objective, National Cyber Safety & Security Standards (NCSSS) plans to set up Resource Centres across India, with the objective of conducting cyber security Awareness, Training & Research.