Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 22: With a steep rise in cyber crimes, the 'Cyber Safety Week', which commenced here today, focusses on the awareness campaign to safeguard the public and also those in the IT industry from the menace.
Speaking, after inaugurating the week-long celebrations, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan said there was a need to make people aware of cyber crimes as the society was now ''knowledge based.'' The 'Cyber Safety Week', which commensurated with the International Cyber Security Day on November 30, would have seminars and presentations on cyber safety, cyber forensics and cyber laws.
The event would focus on creating awareness about cyber safety among the public, government Departments and the IT industry.
As the IT sector was growing fast in Kerala the people should be aware of the crimes involved in this sector, he said and added even his official web site was hacked a few months ago.
The statistics showed the IT based crimes in a year had doubled in the State. Majority of crimes were e-mail based harassments, e-mail hijacking, internet frauds and document forgery.
Cyber stalking and cell stalking were becoming a ''nuisance '' in the society and most of the victims were not aware of the cyber crimes and its manifestations.
The event was jointly organised by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Kerala State IT Mission and the Kerala Police.