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Vizag to have first digital Cyber lab: DGP

Amdist rise in cashless transactions post-demonetisation move, Director –General of Police (DGP) Mr. N. Sambasiva Rao,IPS said that a ‘Digital Cyber Lab’ would be set up in Visakhapatnam with a budget of Rs. 20 to 30 crore soon.
Addressing the gathering at a workshop on cyber security and ethical hacking, organised by the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Andhra University College of Engineering last fortnight. Mr. Sambasiva Rao stressed on the need to strengthen the cyber wing in the state as the government is promoting cashless transactions.
“Since the use of credit/debit cards through e-PoS machines has become the order of the day, there are also possibilities of increase in cybercrimes” the DGP told presspersons.
Mr.Sambasiva Rao said that maximum number of cyber crime cases in the state were reported from Visakhapatnam, adding that there was no dearth of funds and the state government would grant Rs. 20 to 30 crore for the proposed project as there is not a single cyber cell in the State.
Besides the funds, there is also no shortage of trainers for cyber security in AP and they would train policemen so that they could take up cyber crime investigations in a proper manner, he added.
He also spoke of a probable partnership with the AU in running the digital cyber lab in the city. Mr. Sambasiva Rao said that a number of corporate companies which were victims of cybercrime were coming to know of it after 200 days of the incidents and it has become a challenging task for the police to investigate and crack such cases.
Principal of AUCOE Mr. P.S. Avadhani, HoD of Computer Science Department Mr. P.V.G.D Prasad Reddy, Members of Executive Council Mr. G. Sashibushana Rao and Mr. Suresh Chittineni, Vice-President of Capgemini Mr. Ajay Reddy Velampudi and resource person Mr. Mahesh Rakheja, spoke at the inaugural session of the workshop.

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