Haryana Police to observe ‘cybersecurity month’ this October

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Following the instructions of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and taking into consideration high incidence of cybercrime, Haryana Police has decided to observe ‘Cyber ​​Security Month’ this October. The State Police Cyber ​​Mobile Helpline number (1930) receives at least 1,000 calls daily.

Police have planned awareness campaigns focusing on topics such as multi-factor authentication, strong passwords, software updates, identifying online fraudsters, preventing financial fraud and using social media safely. Nodal Officer OP Singh (ADGP, State Crime Branch) will oversee the cyber security programme.

“Since last October, the first Wednesday of every month has been marked as Cyber ​​Security Awareness Day. The main goal of this year’s theme “see yourself in cyber” is to make people feel safe and confident in cyberspace. This time, additional efforts will be made to include the most important parts of society, including women and children. The increasing number of calls is a testament to the awareness initiatives of the Haryana Police in the last few months. Reporting crimes is the greatest contribution to the prevention of any crime, and it is also a sign of a conscious society. This is the result of tireless efforts of the Haryana Police, which has so far recovered around Rs 15 crore from cyber thugs,” said a state police spokesperson.

“The awareness program every Wednesday in October will cover different issues. For example, in the first week of October, the focus will be on “strong passwords and multi-factor authentication,” which will demonstrate the use of better passwords and multi-factor authentication for social media accounts in addition to bank accounts. In addition to the awareness campaign on the adoption of dual security systems and the use of facial or fingerprint authentication, a live demonstration training will also be held,” the spokesperson added.

“Interactive sessions, painting, poetry singing, self-defense and speech techniques for girls, stage performance, loudspeaker announcements will be conducted in various schools and colleges under the leadership of nodal officers. Programs like Cyber ​​​​Choupal will also be held,” said the spokesperson. The fight against cybercrime is also planned for the National Unity Day (October 31).

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