CyberDome to Fight Online Crimes in Kerala

Kerala police is all set to launch a high tech center for cyber security and innovations to tackle steep increase in internet crime and umpteen challenges confronting the cyber world. Named ‘CyberDome’, the centre is to come up in the premises of Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram in November.

According to state police, CyberDome will be the first such high tech public-private partnership centre in the country.

It is envisaged as the primary monitoring unit for internet and will also act as a nodal centre for policing social networking sites and anti-terror activities in cyber space.

“All types of internet related activities ranging from virtual policing, automated threat intelligence, cyber forensics, tweetalongs, Facebook quiz to virtual courts and tracking system for protecting children would be performed by the upcoming high tech cyber center,” police sources said.

The Centre would also be the specialized agency on all matters of crime investigation and monitoring and would provide expert advice and solutions to all the Cyber Cells functioning in various districts under the state police.

“The core objective of the CyberDome is the prevention of cyber-crimes. At present, what we do is to act after a cyber-crime case is reported. But, we hope that we can prevent all such crimes with the opening of the centre,” Manoj Abraham, IPS, Nodal Officer of Kerala Police CyberDome, told PTI.

Since tele-density level of the state is high, it has also led to increasing number of cyber-crimes.

“Kerala has 2.5 crore mobile phones, 30 lakh landline connections and 12 lakh internet connections. The state also has an 85 per cent tele-density level as against the national average of 56.83 per cent,” he said.

“All these pose major challenges in the cyber-crime investigation. Technology also gets obsolete within no time and so constant updating is needed for combating cyber-crimes,” said the IPS officer.

The CyberDome is coming up against the backdrop of Kerala government’s plans to make amendments in the state Police Act to effectively check cyber-crimes as there are certain limitations in the existing provisions.