Infosys Foundation to set up cybercrime lab for Karnataka Police

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Karnataka Police to set up a Centre for Cybercrime Investigation Training & Research (CCITR) in Bengaluru and maintain it for five years.

The CCITR will train police, prosecution, judiciary and other departments in technology and create standard operating procedures (SOPs) in cybercrime investigations. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, said: “The CCITR is a project for the present and the future, aiming to build state-of-the-art facilities to tackle cyber crimes in Karnataka. The MoU is for upgradation of the existing cyber lab for a period of five years. The foundation will fund the set-up and provide facility management and operational costs, including maintenance of equipment and their fittings.”

“The foundation will handle the capital investment for hardware, software and working capital requirements for conducting training programmes, conferences and digital forensic analysis. Technological infrastructure by providing specialised tools and incurring relevant licensing costs upgradation of the existing cyber lab for a period of five years,” she said.

A safe cyberspace

Along with Infosys Foundation, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), a premier industry body on data protection in India, also committed to making the cyberspace safe, secure and trusted by establishing best practices in cyber security and privacy.

The Foundation has committed ₹22 crore to support building the centre that will house the CCITR through a public-private-partnership model.

Rama Vedashree, CEO, DSCI, said: “DSCI has proposed to start the Centre in collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Department of Karnataka Police.”

“DSCI continues its commitment to build the capacity of law enforcement in handling cybercrimes through our Cyber Forensics initiative. The Cybercrime investigation manuals developed by DSCI are acting as reference material for the police, prosecution and judiciary in handling cybercrimes,” she added.

Elaborating on CCITR, Praveen Sood, Director-General of Police, CID, Karnataka, said: “The centre will also be used to perform research in digital forensics and cybercrime investigation that will improve the prosecution of cybercrime cases investigated by the Karnataka Police


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