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Wi-fi security workshop for colleges

The University of Mumbai in partnership with the National Association of Software and Services Companies and the Mumbai police cyber crime division hosted a workshop for local colleges on wi-fi Internet security.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 01:19 IST
Reed Coston

The University of Mumbai in partnership with the National Association of Software and Services Companies and the Mumbai police cyber crime division hosted a workshop for local colleges on wi-fi Internet security on Tuesday.

The workshop was held in response to the recent use of college wi-fi networks for terrorist communications. Mukund Pawar, inspector with the cyber crime division, spoke on the potential risks of slack security of wi-fi networks and illustrated measures that the Mumbai Police were taking against the use of the Internet by terrorist groups.

Of these included various cyber labs set up around the area to educate police officers on methods for defending against Internet crime.

Officer Pawar reported of over 7,000 officers who had been trained in these computer labs.

The workshop continued to explore ways in which individuals, namely area colleges, could secure their wi-fi connections and do their part to reduce their networks’ accessibility to hostile groups.

Measures included firewalls that limited the number of computers on a network, anti-virus protection, and the use of dynamic IP Addresses that help police pinpoint time and date of a computer’s logon, should a network be accessed by a criminal user.