Latest Cyber Frauds & Countermeasures for Senior Citizens, release of anti-fraud booklet
Kolkata, May 17, 2022, Kolkata: Indian School of Ethical Hacking (ISOEH) & Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, West Bengal jointly organized today World Telecommunication & Information society Day on this year’s international theme “Digital Technologies for Older Persons and Healthy Ageing “.
Shri Sanjay Kumar Das, Joint Secretary, IT&E and State Information Security Officer, West Bengal addressed on today’s theme. Shri Sandeep Sengupta, Founder & Director, ISOEH conducted a workshop on “Latest Cyber Frauds & Countermeasures“. Dr. Indrani Chakravarty, Director, Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Smt. Anuradha Sen, Director, Advocacy, HelpAge India, Kolkata & Shri Apratim Chattopadhyay, Founder, MD & CEO, Support Elders were conferred upon “Award of Excellence“ for their advocacy, dedication, research & sustainable development towards elderly population.
An anti-fraud guidebook for senior citizens titled “CYBER SECURITY for End Users 2022 Handbook” was released today.
Background: The ageing of the global population will be the defining demographic trend of the 21st century—yet our societies struggle to see the opportunities that this trend can unfold. Telecommunications and information communication technologies (ICTs) have a role to play in achieving healthier ageing, but also in helping people build smarter cities, combat age-based discrimination at the workplace, ensure financial inclusion of older persons, and support millions of caregivers across the world.
This year’s theme raises awareness of the important role of telecommunications/ICTs in supporting people to stay healthy, connected and independent – physically, emotionally and financially. Supporting a life of healthy ageing is also critical for the sustainability of economic and health systems.
By 2050, the number of people aged 65 years or older is projected to reach 1.5 billion. “Ageing in a digital world – from vulnerable to valuable” is the first-ever report to be produced by ITU to raise awareness in the ICT sector on the importance of being prepared to respond to the needs and requirements of ageing populations. This report addresses the two global megatrends that reinforce each other: the emergence of digital technologies and ageing populations, both of which are predicted to bring about important socio-economic changes worldwide. The report aims to help ITU members and other stakeholders to understand digital opportunities and take advantage of new possibilities for economic, social and political growth from increased digital inclusion and age-friendly digital environments.
Ageing in a digital world – from vulnerable to valuable- Key demographic facts and trends
• In 2020, there were an estimated 727 million people aged 65 years or older in the world. That number is projected to double to 1.5 billion by 2050.
• Globally, the share of the population aged 65 years or older increased from 6 per cent in 1990 to 9 per cent in 2019. That proportion is projected to rise further to 16 per cent in 2050, when it is expected that 1in 6 people worldwide will be aged 65 years or older.
• The number of cybercrime cases in 2019 was 1,379. They doubled from 2,553 in 2020 to 5,646 cases in 2021. As per National Cyber Crime Reporting portal, 30% of the victims are elderly people. The most prevalent crimes are phishing, OTP fraud, SIM Swap, Video blackmail, QR code scam, loan App fraud.
• Govt has initiated user friendly crime reporting 24×7 helpline – 1930 (national), 112 (state), 8100796519 (Kolkata Police Cyber Cell WhatsApp).
ISOEH: Indian School of Anti Hacking has been working over the last 22 years in the field of Cyber Security awareness & Skill Development. ISOEH provided training to CID, Lalbazaar police, CRPF, CDAC, State Forensic Lab, senior citizens via Rotary Clubs, Teachers, officials of Cyber Police Stations, engineering students, etc. ISOEH expects that this effort will embed cyber security culture among the kids, develop skills among the youths, train the trainers, help police officials at local PS to understand cybercrimes, help lawyers and judges to analyze the digital evidence, enhance national security.Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, West Bengal: WB-CSCoE will be an apex institution for addressing all cyber security related issues including mass awareness creation in the state regarding the threats associated with IT infrastructure and cyber space.