Cyber Labs

The Cyber Labs program was started by NASSCOM in the year 2004, to create a common platform where different stakeholders – including IT and financial services industries, academia, civil society and police – could come together to deal with the rising menace of Cyber Crimes.

The Mission of this Program was, and continues to be as follows:
  • Establish Cyber Labs in major cities where the IT/BPO industry is concentrated
  • Develop cyber forensics capability
  • Impart training to police and industry entrepreneurs to effectively deal with cyber crimes
  • Standardize the methods of investigation, promote cyber forensics
  • Train police and judiciary in the IT Act, 2008
  • Organize industry wide surveys to find out trends in cyber crimes
  • Suggest measures for prevention of cyber crime

NASSCOM’s Cyber Labs Program comprising four cyber labs in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore was transferred to DSCI in January, 2009. DSCI has continued the program with focus on training police officers, prosecutors, military, bank officials, and others on cyber crimes.

This program has recently got a boost with the support of the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India for opening cyberlabs in the East (Kolkata) and the North, and augmenting the existing infrastructure of Mumbai and Bangalore labs. The support is also for partially meeting with the operational expenses of cyberlabs. As part of the cyberlabs program, NASSCOM and DSCI, have trained more than 10,000 personnel of law enforcement, prosecution and judiciary; banking and other financial institutions; income tax and customs departments, and defence services officers.


Cyber Lab Date of Establishment
Mumbai CyberLab 8th March 2004
Bangalore CyberLab 3rd January 2007
Pune CyberLab 20th January 2007
Kolkata Cyber Lab 10th August 2011

Objectives

  • Equip the Police or Prosecution or Judiciary with necessary capacities to deal with Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Issues and Investigations.
  • Create awareness among other stakeholders of the society about the threats of cyber crimes.
  • Advise the IT industry in case of any cyber security breach or incident.
  • Provide technical assistance in the investigation of cyber crimes.
  • Promote establishment of e-Security Clubs in schools & colleges, to raise interest in information security among students

Activities

  • Promote collaboration amongst the IT industry, academia and concerned citizens to address cyber crime and related issues.
  • Create Information Security infrastructure with the help of stakeholders, based on the ‘Hub and Spokes’ model.
  • Develop pro-active strategies for anticipating trends in cyber crime and formulating technical and legal responses on various fronts.
  • Facilitate cyber crime investigation training among police officers.
  • Develop cyber crime technology tools for criminal investigation.
  • Improve awareness about cyber crime among citizens of India to enhance Information Security.
  • Act as a Resource Centre for other police organizations in the country

Training Program

  • Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008
  • Computer Forensics
  • Credit Card Frauds & Online Offences
  • Mobile Phone Forensics
  • Modus operandi of Cyber Criminals
  • How to investigate cyber crimes?
  • Search and Seizure Procedures of digital evidences etc.,

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