Kohima meeting addresses urgent need to combat Cyber Crime

Kohima meeting addresses urgent need to combat Cyber Crime

A pivotal consultative meeting on Cyber Crime Awareness was held at the PHQ Conference Hall in Kohima. The meeting, which brought together key stakeholders from various sectors, emphasised the urgent need for collective action to combat the rising cyber threats that have been plaguing the state and the nation at large.

DGP Nagaland, Rupin Sharma, set the tone for the meeting by highlighting the critical role of Helpline 1930 in preventing financial losses and cautioning the public against falling prey to sextortion and hacking attempts. He stressed the importance of staying vigilant and informed in the face of the rapidly evolving tactics employed by cybercriminals.

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Cyber crime is a dynamic and ever-changing landscape, and it is imperative that we keep ourselves updated and educate the public to stay one step ahead of these threats,” DGP Sharma said, underlining the pervasive lack of awareness in Nagaland and the need for concerted efforts to bridge this gap.

The meeting also delved into the responsible use of social media platforms, with DGP Sharma urging influencers on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to prioritise factual reporting over sensationalism. He emphasised that accurate information dissemination is crucial in protecting the public from falling victim to cyber threats.

The consultative meeting saw participation from a wide array of stakeholders, including representatives from the Department of School Education, Nagaland, the College Principals Association (NCPA), private schools, students, law enforcement, social media influencers, and media personnel. This diverse gathering underscored the importance of a multi-faceted approach to tackling cyber crime.

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IGP (CID) of Nagaland, Vikram M Khalate, addressed the gathering, highlighting the need for a united front in the fight against cyber crime. “Cyber crime is not a problem that can be tackled by any one agency or institution alone. It requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders to create a safe and secure digital environment,” he said.

A panel discussion, moderated by IGP Range Limasunep, featured insightful contributions from KPA Ilyas, IPS, DIG CID, Arung Walling representing The Nagas (Facebook), and Niki Sekhose, President of ANPSA. The panellists shared their expertise and experiences, enriching the audience’s understanding of the complex nature of cyber crime and the strategies needed to combat it effectively.

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The meeting also shed light on the alarming trend of school students and the general public across India being targeted by fraudulent job offers, with thousands of cases being reported. This revelation underscored the urgent need for public awareness and education to prevent such incidents from occurring.

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