With the growing application of the field of data science in various verticals across the industry, there is no doubt in the fact that any stone would be left unturned. This is very true especially in the context of India’s strategic policy of security. This comes right after the recent news that CISF which is also known as the Central Industrial Security Force, which happens to be a national agency has announced that there is a need to secure all of the important assets especially when it comes to evidence, which is why they have come up with a novel idea of creating a ‘media lab’ as well as a social media monitoring room at its base near Chennai.
Now what is interesting is the way this is going to be achieved. Precisely through the use of social media directly. There are numerous social media trends that will be followed and tracked and then the data analytics professionals with analyse them and process the same in order to ensure as well as monitor the security of our country’s most vital assets both physical in nature like the airports, the nuclear reactors and aerospace installations as well as virtual in nature like confidential data stored in the cloud.
This media lab is supposed to be created basically for the purpose of usage by the Pattern Research for Institutional Social Media (PRISM) analytics at the Chennai base of CISF. This whole project will include a team of trained professionals who are basically CISF agents. These officers would be trained in order to learn how to track social media trends, the various news and snippets available online and offline, reports and various other indicators across various platforms in order to collate them and help dish them out as pieces of vital information. These would then be referred to as pieces of “actionable intelligence” to various places of transit like airports and so on.
The paramilitary forces will also be roped in this exercise and there will be various platforms that will function as their sources. These platforms would range from websites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr and so on in order to keep a check on any such activity that guarantees some sort of suspicion. The Director General of CISF, Mr. OP Singh said, “WE are doing this on an experimental basis. The PRISM control room is based in the southern part of the country as we have a sizable number of units that have armed security cover in that part. Based on the experiences this smart centre will be further bolstered. There will be a special team of our men who will be keeping a track of social media trends in order to keep all of their physical assets safe and sound from any injury.”
The success of this experiment would ensure that the security of our country will get a huge boost and thus at the same students will want to train more in the field of data analytics through institutes like Imarticus Learning.