While the Internet has brought the world to our fingertips, it has also spun a web of crime that many, especially young adults, are unaware of.
Keeping this in mind, a Ranchi school and an NGO have joined hands to set up a model cyber lab to give schoolchildren a sneak peek into the murky virtual world and how to stay away from it.
The lab will be set up at DPS Greater Ranchi by city-based NGO Cyber Peace Foundation within a few months. Besides making students aware about various online crimes, the lab will do various other activities.
“It will have four sections – cyber security, cyber forensics, innovation and incubation. While cyber security section will create awareness about the cyber world, cyber forensics will help investigation agencies in curbing web crime in innovative ways,” said Vineet Kumar, president of Cyber Peace Foundation, at a news meet on Tuesday.
Innovation department will promote awareness programmes on cyber crimes and incubation section will support different online start-ups.
“The purpose of setting up such a lab is to create an eco-system for cyber security. The recent financial fraud in which lakhs of debit cards of various banks are feared to have been compromised by a cyber malware attack has also made it important to create cyber awareness. The instances of ATM/debit card breach has become so important that the Centre has also decided to set up a cyber security research and development fund of Rs 1,000 crore,” said Vineet (28), who has also bagged the National Youth Award for his contribution in promoting awareness on cyber crimes.
The young cyber expert said they would also introduce a helpline to assist victims of online crimes.
DPS principal Arunima Chakraborty said lessons on cyber security had become even more important in this e-age. “The school children these days are tech-savvy but often go the wrong way. The lab will, hence, be of great help,” she added.
Rajesh Shrivastava, vice-chairman of the school who is also a cyber expert, said he along with several other organisations were also trying to develop a software to detect children’s behaviour so that corrective steps can be taken much before.
Vineet said a number of organisations abroad would help them in promoting cyber awareness such as Visio Ingenii, (UK), Cyber Council of Singapore, among others.
“Though I am based in the UK, we have branches in India. So, I will love to be associated with any project to spread awareness about cyber security,” said Naga Chetan, co-founder and CEO of Visio Ingenii, who was also present on the occasion