The city police will soon have a full-fledged Compu ter Emergency Response Team (CERT) unit to tackle cyber at tacks. Currently , there is no CERT-India office in Mumbai and each time a website or a page needs to be blocked, the po lice have to request the CERT.
“The state is in negotiation with the Centre. A CERT office in Mumbai will help us immen sely. CERT tackles any kind of cyber attack, denial of services and blocking of website and ob jectionable posts, etc. Once Mumbai gets a CERT office time taken for action will re duce and we will be in a better position to deliver,“ said Atul chandra Kulkarni, joint com missioner, crime branch. A couple of years ago, two terror emails were sent from Mumbai before and after the 2008 Gujarat serial bomb blasts.The Mumbai police had to take CERT help to block several objectionable pages that could have created law and order problems in the state. “While we get immediate response from CERT on weekdays, it becomes difficult on weekends. A local CERT office will solve this prob lem,“ added another officer.
KMM Prasanna, additional commissioner (crime branch), said a national-level conference on cyber crimes is likely to be held in July. “We are educating more than 1,000 personnel in handling cyber crimes,“ said Prasanna.
THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 19, 2015