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#TrueCyberSafe trainings in Karnataka to secure communication

Posted on June 12, 2022

bangalore : Truecaller, the world’s leading global communications platform, in collaboration with CyberPeace Foundation, a non-partisan civil society organization, held its first training in Karnataka as part of the ongoing national #TrueCyberSafe campaign. The training focused on raising awareness of cybercrime and building capacity to safely navigate digital communications. Ms. Pramila Naidu, Chairperson of the State Commission for Women and President of Rajya Mahila Ayoga, Karnataka; Mr. BS Angadi, KSPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime 2, Bengaluru along with Ms. Pragya Misra Mehrishi of Truecaller and Mr. Purnendu Singh of CyberPeace Foundation spoke at the event attended by students, faculties of various universities, police officers. and other inmates at BMS College of Engineering.

The campaign has already reached nearly 3 lakh Indians so far through impactful training sessions in the North East region and New Delhi. Through these awareness sessions, attendees learn about recent cyber scams and frauds, the security measures people can take, and the reporting mechanisms available in Truecaller and others that allow competent authorities like the police to take action.

Honoring the event with her presence, Mrs. Pramila Naidu, Chairperson of the State Commission for Women and President of Rajya Mahila Ayoga, Karnataka, said, “The main responsibility of the Commission is to protect the rights of women and work proactively to improve the safety and security of women in Karnataka. Traditionally, we mainly dealt with cases of physical violence, such as domestic violence and acid attacks. However, we have recently seen that cases of digital fraud and online harassment are also increasing. While there have been many benefits of increased access to smartphones and technology for women, it has also exposed them to new and old harms in the digital space. However, my message here would be to emphasize that the Commission is ready, and we are here to raise awareness and provide support and protection for women. I’m grateful that Truecaller and CPF have taken this initiative to build capacity on this issue, and I’m sure it will help anyone who joins the #TrueCyberSafe campaign to access and interact with digital spaces in a safe and secure way. .

The interactive technical training session at BMS College and RV College of Engineering focused on the different types of threats and frauds in the digital world and concluded by equipping participants with best practices, tools and skills necessary to protect against damage. Many security features within Truecaller such as auto block, spam tagging, national one-click helpline, smart texting and many more have also been brought to light. At the end of the session, participants were encouraged to become active contributors to #TrueCyberSafe by sharing their knowledge with friends and family, ensuring that more and more people can help make digital communication safe. .

Mr. BS Angadi, KSPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime 2, Bengaluru, said, “As a state with the technology capital of India, Karnataka has the highest cyber crime rate recorded in India. One of the main reasons for this is that we have made it easier for citizens to report the cybercrimes in Karnataka Dedicated cybercrime police stations have been established in every district and citizens of Karnataka can directly report cybercrimes to the 112 hotline. has made it easier for citizens to file complaints and is also being considered for implementation in other states.We are aware of the threat posed by cybercriminals and are working proactively to prevent fraud and harassment by In this context, I would like to commend Truecaller and CPF for taking this initiative and helping to raise awareness among citizens on how to have a safe digital experience. .

Addressing the dignitaries and the public, BMSCE Director, Dr S Muralidhara said“In today’s world where the internet is developing rapidly and everyone is online all the time, people are often unaware of their security. Our contact details are very likely to fall into the wrong hands and make people vulnerable online. Often times, we users receive unwanted calls and messages, leading a gullible public to be tricked by cyber criminals. To educate everyone, we are happy and honored to share that CyberPeace Foundation and Truecaller have teamed up to start the #TrueCyberSafe campaign at BMS College of Engineering Bengaluru, I would ask all students, teachers, staff to be part of this initiative and spread the message of the campaign in their family circles, in order to giving people the knowledge and tools to be safe online.

Ms. Pragya Misra, Director of Public Affairs, Truecaller said“Almost all the activities of our daily life, whether social, economic, educational, are intertwined in digital spaces. The internet and the use of technology offer immense benefits, but they lend themselves to challenges such as spam and fraud that we need to protect ourselves from. At Truecaller, security continues to be a top priority and we are constantly working to build trust in phone and text communication by making it safe. With the #TrueCyberSafe initiative, we are expanding the reach of our efforts to raise cyber fraud awareness and build user capacity on how people can stay safe while communicating. We are happy to bring this national campaign to Karnataka, and I hope that with the efforts of the government and the police, we will be able to make communication safer for more Indians.

Speaking about CyberPeace – The Need of the Hour, Mr. Purnendu Singh, Director – Operations and Strategy, CyberPeace Foundation said, “#TrueCyberSafe is a monumental initiative to eradicate the threat of cybercrime from cyberspace, sowing the fruitful seeds of awareness and knowledge among the population. Raising awareness among children and the elderly is essential because they are the most vulnerable. Therefore, protecting young people will in turn protect future generations. CyberPeace Foundation in collaboration with various companies and government agencies have launched various projects to enhance online safety, some of these projects are – E-Raksha, E-Shakti, E-Saksham, Safety Track and various hackathons, so today ‘today with the #TrueCyberSafe Campaign, we are consolidating our fight against cybercrime more effectively. Stay Cybersafe!! Stay Cyber ​​Secure!! »

The joint initiative was launched nationwide in February 2022. The campaign aims to raise awareness by training 15 million people across 5 regions of India to fight cyber fraud leading to safer digital communication and raise awareness the steps our users can take to prevent fraud. , spam and scams. The campaign will be gradually launched in two other regions over the next few months.