Cybercrime: Infosys Foundation helps CID set up centre

Bengaluru: The Infosys Foundation on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to set up the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation Training & Research (CCITR) in Bengaluru.

DSCI, which aims to make cyberspace safe, has proposed to start the Centre in collaboration with the CID. As part of the MoU, the Infosys Foundation will support setting up of the centre that will house the CCITR through a public-private partnership initiative, anchored by the police department.

The CCITR will train police, prosecution, judiciary and other departments in handling technology investigations and create standard operating procedures to probe such crimes. The Centre will also conduct research in digital forensics and cybercrime investigation to improve prosecution in cybercrime cases.

Ms Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, said, “The CCITR is a project for the present and the future, which aims to build state-of-the art facilities to tackle cyber and forensic crimes in the state. Infosys Foundation is happy to contribute to this project. Once operational, it will be a proud milestone for the CID and the DSCI to curb misuse and unethical use of technology to create distress and uneasiness in society.”

“Cyberspace has turned out to be the world’s largest ungoverned space demolishing all geographical boundaries. Cybercrime will be the biggest organised crime in the future. Law enforcement agencies need to get equipped with hardware, software and expertise to face this challenge. We are grateful to the Infosys Foundation and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) for helping the state police create a specialised centre for improving the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes,” said Mr Praveen Sood, DGP, CID.

“DSCI continues 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 handling cybercrimes. The Centre for Cybercrime Investigation Training and Research at the CID Headquarters will enhance the investigation capabilities of the state police,” said Ms. Rama Vedashree, CEO, DSCI.

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