West Bengal Government is planning to employ one of the latest weapons out there – blockchain technology to combat cybercrimes. The government is thinking of bringing this technology for storing land records, among other things. A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography.

According to the state additional chief secretary, Information Technology Department, the data centres at the state and national levels are prone to cyber attacks. Using blockchain technology to encrypt the data is very safe as the database is shared in lakhs of computers at the same time, and so, hacking of a single computer will not affect the data.

He further said the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence that will start its operations in this month at Rajarhat-Newtown will bring the best in the academic, law enforcement and other fields one roof for enabling the best practices to reduce cyber crimes.The centre will also cater to research and development (R&D) for which the government will partner with private firms

 

.The government also plans to make people aware about the threats cybercrimes pose and the precautions that need to be taken through partnership programmes with the IITs, IIMs, ISIs and other institutes of national and international renown.

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