Computer security, cyber security or information technology security (IT security) is the protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.
The field is growing in importance due to increasing reliance on computer systems, the Internet and wireless networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions and the various tiny devices that constitute the Internet of things. Due to its complexity, both in terms of politics and technology, it is also one of the major challenges of the contemporary world.
As you are aware, the information and communication technology is being used in all walks of public life including banking, transport, airlines, railways, power and other sectors. With enhanced use of technology for day to day activities, possibility of cybercrimes is also increasing. Due to lack of awareness about the modus operandi of such cyber criminals, some people become victims of various crimes. Education and awareness will help in preventing such crimes to a significant extent.
To mitigate possibility of disruption in normal business activities or losses due to cybercrimes, Government of India is committed to create an ecosystem to prevent and control cybercrimes. ‘Capacity building’ and ‘Public awareness’ are critical components for obviating impact of cybercrimes and creating a suitable climate for trust based transactions.
With an objective of spreading awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken, the Ministry of Home Affairs has launched @CyberDost twitter handle in 2018 where pertinent posts are being placed regularly. General Public and Government employees will be immensely benefitted if they follow this twitter handle. This will enhance their basic knowledge about cybercrimes and precautions to be taken for prevention thereof.