Police in Cyberabad, India's technology hub in the southern city of Hyderabad, have asked information technology companies to monitor the Internet usage of their employees after it emerged in recent months that there were close sympathizers of the Islamic State among India’s software professionals, the Times of India reported on Thursday.

Police have advised Indian IT companies to restrict employees from accessing social networking sites and social networking groups associated with terror-hit regions such as Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.

Police have also held meetings with Society for Cyberabad Security Council, a group formed by several technology companies in the city, and advised camera surveillance for all facilities in the companies and discussed measures to prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering the centers, the paper said, citing an office bearer of the council. 

In addition to large centers of India’s biggest IT services companies such as Infosys Ltd., Wipro Ltd. and Tech Mahindra Ltd., Hyderabad is home to development centers of global firms such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.