9 Sep, 2006
KOLKATA: E-security is the buzzword in Kolkata's emerging IT hub
following incidents of cyber crimes.
Barely days after a young woman working at a call centre was arrested
for splurging Rs 200,000 with credit cards of her company's US clients,
an alarmed IT hub in the Salt Lake area here is going full throttle to
ensure tight security control by also involving the police.
"It is high time we all came together to ensure an all-encompassing
cyber security. We must follow best practices and certain standard
certification and auditing by authorities like ISO or BS7799 (British
Standard)," Oney Seal, the Miami-based CEO of Databazaar.com, said in a
"Law enforcement agencies need to be trained in potential areas of
security fraud so that when an incident occurs, the police should have
some idea of the problem," said Seal, whose company, a wholesale
distributor, exporter and e-tailer of computer and printer supplies, has
its sensitive back-end office in the IT hub.
"We are holding a workshop for the police and others. We want to come up
with a comprehensive physical and e-security system for the entire Salt
Lake area and also the emerging Rajarhat township where other IT
companies are located," said Databazaar.com managing director SP
A group, Saltlec-Rajarhat Initiative, has been formed to deal with the
"Credit card frauds are happening all over the US. But the minute it
happens in India there is a hue and cry and the question of e-security
arises. It can impact the outsourcing business too," said Seal.
"We must take a three-pronged approach comprising minimum adherence to
basic standard of security by auditing and certification (ISO etc.),
thorough training of law enforcing agencies and federal-level
countrywide legislation to deal with such crimes stringently," he said.
"In the US, the FBI deals with such crimes. In India the chances of
culprits going scot-free are high because no one in the country has any
social security number. It would be difficult to track the person whose
antecedents are not always known," he said.
Added Mukherjee: "Police would be given an orientation programme and
made aware of the IT industry, how it works and the mindset of the young
ambitious and cash-rich boys and girls working there. A foolproof and
comprehensive security measure is our action plan."
North 24 Parganas police superintendent Praveen Kumar, under whose
jurisdiction the IT zone of Kolkata falls, agreed. "These are not
traditional crimes. So making our officers aware is a must," he said.
"The detection of such crimes involves the police department, credit
card companies, phone service providers and others. So such workshops
being planned at least make people aware," said Kumar.
At a recent seminar on 'Issues of Security for the IT sector in West
Bengal', Kolkata Additional Commissioner of Police Shivaji Ghosh said
extra caution was required because IT is a high brand-value and
Kolkata's IT sector, spread over about 430 acres, is concentrated in
what has been recently re-christened as Nabadiganta Industrial Township
Authority, formerly known as Sector V of the Salt Lake area.
It is the 30,000 people working there, rather than the establishments,
who are seen as most vulnerable, according to West Bengal officials.
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