With the advancement in the business techniques and strategies and technologies in other fields, the success of the economies makes the nations quite vulnerable to several crimes, including cybercrime. The steadfast commitment to achieve liberalisation and freedom in deconstructing economic boundaries, enabling a free flow of goods, services and technologies across nations has led to the rapid growth of the country.

The political stability, its very strong and bold commitment towards bolstering free trade has tended the nation to emerge as an economic powerhouse, making it vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches with skyrocketed penetration of economic capital and internet across the region. Because most of the work has become central to computer, be it commerce, government or entertainment, use of the device leads to further illegal ends, including trafficking, theft of property, identity, violation of privacy, where every minute detail is available with an access to internet that adds to the chances of getting prone to cyber crime. Taking cognizance of the menace and its threats, Non-Aligned Movement and its member states have undertaken a series of major steps to combat cybercrime, highlighting their concern towards the problem.

With the advent of technology and inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, machine learning (ML), cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT), cyberspace is likely to become a complex domain, paving way for issues of technological nature. In order to tackle with the cybersecurity breaches, India is closely monitoring the development of the global cyber norms, acting in line with which the Union government has launched the state-of-the-art Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) along with National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.

Launched by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the system that promises to allow access to people to report cyber crimes online has given a good start of the year 2020. With development knocking on the door, countries become a profitable target for cybercrimes and bear a quite high economic cost when it comes to the digital crime. These centres are the need of the hour for an economy like India that is committed to achieving its 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024. So far, the citizen-centric initiative through its portal has connected to over 700 police districts and more than 3,900 police stations. With an estimated cost of Rs. 415.86 crore, the scheme deals with all types of cybercrimes in a coordinated and comprehensive manner, the complaints in concern with which will be accessed by the law enforcement agencies in the states and the Union Territories.

Cybercrime, an attack on information about individuals, corporations and governments along with those related to finance and social media, including stalking, cyberbullying etc. will be addressed at the portal that in turn will improve coordination amongst the law enforcement agencies and police stations of different states and districts. The initiative specifically focusing on crimes against women, children, explicitly pertaining to child sex abuse material, child pornography, online content related to rapes, etc., also aims to strengthen and improve coordination by providing and creating an ecosystem for dealing with cybercrimes.

At the initiative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the scheme entailing seven components, National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal, Cyber Crime Ecosystem Management Unit, National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit, National Cyber Crime Forensic Laboratory Ecosystem, National Cyber Crime Training Centre, National Cyber Crime Research and Innovation Centre and Platform for Joint Cyber Crime Investigation Team, has been given consent by 15 states and Union Territories to establish Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres at respective States or UTs. The move shows India’s commitment towards doing away with cybercrime from every sphere of the economy.

It is high time that nations across the globe need to implement laws and initiatives to combat cyber crime that has found its place in every sphere of life. Non-Aligned Movement has always stressed upon the concerted efforts of the member nations for their growth and development. Barricades such as cyber crime would come along with development but the nations must strive to do away with such criminalities. Thus, it becomes the shared responsibility of the public and the government to work closely in all domains of the economy to generate awareness regarding the digital threats and share the latest information and knowledge.

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