India opens its third cybercrime lab

I was impressed to learn that India opened its third cybercrime lab in Bangalore last week,

The Bangalore cyberlab, as it's called, was created thanks to a link-up between NASSCOM, the National Association of Software and Services companies and the Canara Bank.

The other two labs, in case you were wondering, are located in Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra.

According to Nandajumar Sarvade, NASSCOM's director of cyber security, with the increase in use of IT in people's day-to-day lives, the industry is starting to see the emergence of both new challenges and threats.

"In addition to strengthening the legal infrastructure, creating an effective enforcement framework is vital. The third cyber lab in the country is another milestone in this direction," he said.

Plans call for India's third cyberlab to annually train around 1,000 policemen drawn up from all over Karnataka province on cybercrime over a 10-day long training program.

At last week's launch, KR Srinivasan, Karnataka's director general of police, said that, although Karnataka was one of the first to start a cybercrime police division back in 2001, knowledge of the technologies involved in cyber offences is restricted to just a few officers.

"With the proliferation of computers, networks and mobile phones, these technologies are vital even for solving other crimes. We want all officers of the rank of sub-inspector and above to be familiar with cybercrime detection methods," he said.

Srinivasan added that the first cybercrime lab in India at Mumbai trained 907 police officers between March 2004 and October 2006.

The second lab, at Thane, trained 608 investigators from August 2005 to October 2006...