Bengaluru: BJP MP and Indian businessman RK Sinha on Thursday (November 14) warned the cybersecurity professionals of the rising cyberterrorism menace and urged them to gear up to face the new challenges.

The BJP MP was making an introductory note at the inaugural function of the two-day event that forms the 29th International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM) Conclave on New Paradigms for Loss Prevention in the Digital Era.

The founder and executive chairman of IISSM emphasised the urgent need of waking up to the new challenges concerning security issues on cyberspace.

Addressing the gathering, Sinha said, "As of now, there is no escape for all of us from the onslaught of cybercrime threats, these challenges need to be met most professionally sooner or later."

He also recollected incidents wherein the social media was being grossly misused for ulterior purposes to malign a competitor security company. It was later ascertained that the video which had gone viral was fake.

Bengaluru Commissioner of Police Bhaskar Rao inaugurated the conference, while Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa was unable to make it to the event.

"In the fast-changing world, educated people transformed into professional thugs are deploying new methods to dupe innocent citizens with new strategies and technological mechanisms," the commissioner said.

"Already 14 cybercrime police stations are functional in the city, and soon their number will go up to 40. However, the police personnel operating these stations, need upgrading of skills following the changing situations," he added.

The city police commissioner released a souvenir brought out to mark the 29th Conclave of the IISSM. RK Sinha felicitated Bhaskar Rao and presented him a memento.

While retired IPS officer and chairman of IISSM SK Sharma welcomed the gathering, retired IPS officer and DG Rajan Medhekar proposed a vote of thanks and appealed to the people to join hands with the governments and private sector in ensuring security to the whole country.