Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF) – UPSC GS3

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to set up Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to tackle internet-related crimes such as cyber threats, child pornography and online stalking.
  • These divisions will be set up under MHA’s newly created Cyber & Information Security (CIS) Division.
Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF)
  • The CWPF is likely to operate under National Information Security Policy and Guidelines wing of MHA’s CIS division.
  • It is proposed to be raised on lines of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).
  • So far, there has been no decision on the CWPF’s jurisdiction, where it will derive its powers or personnel from and whether it will be empowered to make arrests.
  • CIS Division was created in November 2017.
  • It has four wings, namely Security Clearance, Cyber Crime Prevention, Cyber Security and Information Security Wings each headed by Under Secretary level Officer.
  • Its two divisions cybercrime and information security have already begun operations.
  • It is also proposed to appoint the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy CISO.
  • MHA has already issued communique asking states/UTs to consider setting up state as well as district cybercrime coordination cells.
  • The State Cybercrime Coordination Cells be headed by additional director general (ADG) or inspector-rank official, and district cybercells by a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) or additional superintendent of police-level official.
  • The State cyber security cells will form foundation of centralised CWPF.

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