IT hub in Bengal to get cyber security cell

Written by fe Bureaus | Kolkata | Updated: Mar 4 2010, 07:45am hrs
In order to enhance cyber security at the IT hub in West Bengal , NASSCOM will help set up a Wi-Fi protection cell in Kolkata. So far, cyber threats were managed by the companies individually.

NASSCOM will form a panel of experts soon with the help of IT companies housed in sector V of Saltlake- the IT hub of West Bengal. It will also include officials from the Kolkata Police.

Kalyan Kar, managing director of Acclaris (India), said: There are cases of cyber attacks in sector V, many of them are not reported. We have decided to tackle it collectively this time. While NASSCOM will provide expertise to form such a cell, industry players in Saltlake will provide hardware support.

The decision to form such a cell was taken at a meeting on Wednesday to discuss security measures in sector V of Saltlake after an IT professional was abducted from there and released against ransom.

We have decided to set up a few taxi booths in the locality so that details of the taxis can be recorded. We will ask all the companies housed in sector V to inform their staff to avail taxis only from such booths rather than hail flying taxis, he said.

The police outpost at sector V will also be upgraded into a full-fledged police station. The police station will keep a record of every car plying in the region. The record will be kept for a month, Kar said.

Nabadiganta Industrial Township development Authority has also decided to increase the number of surveillance cameras to 20 from six at present. This will cover all entry and exit points in the IT hub stretched over more than 432 acres, said an NDITA official. Apart from that all buildings in the IT-hub will have metal detector gates and close circuit cameras to ensure round the clock surveillance.

In fact, IT players in the region feel that with more than 80,000 people working in almost 600 IT & ITeS companies in sector V on 24X7 basis, they are always soft target of abductors or miscreants.