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Launch of 5G services will lead to rise in cyber crimes

Director General of Police (DGP) Jaspal Singh has said that the launch of 5G services will lead to an increase in cyber crimes in the State. Singh was speaking at the Goa Police Ideathon organised at the BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, here, on the topic “Implications of 5G Technology for Law Enforcement Agencies”.

In the brainstorming session, eminent speakers from three domains viz Police, Academia and Industry were present. The session commenced with talks on the fundamental aspects of 5G Technology by Dr Neelkanadan Rajamohan (Faculty, IIT Goa) and Smart Decides by Tarun Lakhmani (Assistant Manager, IFB).

Senior officers from the Goa Police Department including Inspector General of Police Omvir Singh, IPS and DIGP (Crime and Range) Bosco F George, IPS were also present.

The introductory session was followed by focussed panel discussion on three sub-topics concerning police.

The panel for Implications of 5G Technology on Law and Order Problems consisted of Nidhin Valsan, IPS (SP North and Cyber Crime); Shivendu Bhushan, IPS (SDPO Margao); Dr Neelkandan Rajamohan (Faculty IIT Goa) and Sawant Kushwaha (Assistant Manager, IFB).

They highlighted how predictive policing and monitoring through drones will improve police effectiveness. Concerns about possible confusion in the current legal regime were also discussed.

The second panel for Implications of 5G Technology on Traffic Management comprising SP Bosco George, Damodar Reddy (Faculty, NIT Goa); Dr Sathisha Basavaraju (Scientist, Beltech AI Pvt Ltd) and Colva Traffic Cell PI Filomena Costa highlighted the benefits of realisation of ITMS and automated detection and challenging of violations. Possibility of disruption of traffic management through unauthorised malicious access and safeguards against the same were also highlighted.

The third panel for Implications of 5G Technology on Financial Frauds consisting of Sunita Sawant (SP Economic Offences Cell); Dr Sanjay K Sahay (Faculty, BITS Goa); Dr Ajit Muzumdar (Faculty, NFSU Goa) and Raman Jaiswal (Chief Manager, SBI Goa) highlighted how 5G can be beneficial in better KYC and ensuring 360 degree security of the financial ecosystem. The concerns of increased frauds through fintech networks as well as crypto platforms were highlighted and possible safeguards were discussed.

Goa Police under the leadership of DGP Jaspal Singh, IPS, organised the first such Ideathon for any law enforcement agency in the country. The event, which witnessed highly enthusiastic participation from all stakeholders, aims to sensitise the police personnel about the changes they shall witness in the future and be well-prepared to deal with the emerging challenges. The need for awareness for common public was once again emphasised to ensure maximum benefits are reaped and avoid any possible losses/security challenges. Heraldgoa

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