Infosys Foundation to set up cybercrime investigation

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Karnataka Police and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) towards setting up the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation Training & Research (CCITR) in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

The Infosys Foundation will support the establishment of the centre that will house the CCITR through a public-private-partnership model, anchored by the Karnataka Police Department.

The CCITR aims to train police, prosecution, judiciary and other departments in handling technology investigations and create standard operating procedures (SOPs) in cybercrime investigations. The center 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.

The Infosys Foundation will support: Setup cost and associated facility management and operational costs, including maintenance of equipment and their fittings; capital investment for hardware, software and working capital requirements for conducting training programs, conferences and digital forensic analysis; Technological infrastructure by providing specialized tools and incurring relevant licensing costs; and upgradation of the existing cyber lab for a period of five years

Speaking on the occasion Sudha Murty, 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 and forensic crimes in Karnataka. Infosys Foundation is proud 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 for fellow beings.”

“Crimes using cyberspace will be the biggest organised crime in the times to come. Law enforcement agencies need to proactively get equipped in terms of hardware, software and expertise to face this challenge. This is an excellent example of public-private partnership,” said Praveen Sood IPS, Director General of Police, CID, Karnataka.