Cyber expert Vineet Kumar (extreme left) with officials of VJTI in Mumbai on Thursday. Telegraph picture
Ranchi, Dec. 31: One of the oldest engineering colleges in Asia will receive Ranchi’s help to set up a first-of-its-kind community cyber range, which is a virtual environment that is used for cyber warfare training and cyber technology development.
City-based Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF) had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra’s Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) at an event in Mumbai on Thursday night for a period of five years during which it will provide technical inputs and assistances to establish specialised laboratories and systems to enable real-world training scenarios.
This new facility will also help various state governments with intelligence input to thwart cyber attacks.
Vineet Kumar, founder of CPF, who was earlier associated with Jharkhand police as chief technical officer and helped establish the state’s cyber cell, said that the key areas of this multi-dimensional collaboration would also include imparting training in ethical hacking and conducting cyber challenges.
“The MoU also envisages conducting real-time cyber war games to identify talented individuals and to generate interest among students and community to build up an army of experts and ethical hackers who in turn will assist in overall cyber security of the country,” he said.
Kumar added that they would also undertake programmes for certification of ethical hackers.
The city agency is also working on developing a cyber range at DPS in Greater Ranchi. “If all goes well, we shall be able to get going early next year,” Kumar said.
According to Kumar, securing critical infrastructure of the country has become all the more important today than ever before and in days to come the need for a strong cyber security system will decide the future of country.
To prove his point, Kumar gave the examples of Legion, an unknown group of people, who had recently hacked Twitter accounts of prominent personalities like Rahul Gandhi, Vijay Mallya, Ravish Kumar and Barkha Dutt.
Kumar further said that financial frauds were the biggest threat to tackle at a time when cashless campaign is underway. “Recently, 32 lakh debit cards of various banks were compromised. Malicious software allowed hackers to extract money off user accounts,” he added.
The CPF founder said that it was high time everyone woke up towards cyber safety. “Today, the world is aware of Jamtara district in the state more than M.S. Dhoni and Deepika Padukone as most of the financial cyber crimes are emerging from there. So, we should pull up our socks,” he added.