Infosys foundation to commit Rs 22 Cr on a cybercrime lab for Karnataka Police

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the tech giant has committed Rs 22 crore to build a lab for cybercrime investigation. The foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Karnataka Police to make this happen.

The Center for Cybercrime Investigation Training and Research (CCITR) will be built in Bengaluru. The foundation will maintain the center for five years. The facility will be the first public-private partnership model to fight cybercrime in the country. The center will train police, prosecution, judiciary and other departments involved in cybercrime investigation.

CCITR in Bengaluru will be used as a platform to perform research in digital forensics and cybercrime. Karnataka Police wants to improve the prosecution rate of cybercrime cases that are already being investigated. The objective is to create standard operating procedures (SOPs) useful for cybercrime investigations.

Sudha Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation has signed the MoU with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Karnataka Police. The project aims to build a state-of-the-art facility to tackle cybercrime and forensic crime in Karnataka. Infosys Foundation has committed Rs 22 crore for the development of the facility.

Cybercrime has become a cause of concern the world over because there are no borders to prevent it in the first place. Crimes using cyberspace are expected to be the biggest organized crimes in the near future. In fact, a remote town from Jharkhand has become
the hub of all cybercrime activities in the country.

To fight the rising instances of cybercrime, the law enforcement agencies in the country need to be equipped with advanced technical knowledge, hardware, software and related expertise. This initiative by Infosys Foundation will help the CID and DSCI to curb misuse of technology.

In his interaction with the media, Praveen Sood, Director General of Police, CID, Karnataka said, “I express my sincere gratitude towards Infosys Foundation and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) for coming forward to help the Karnataka State Police in creating a specialized centre for improving the investigation and prosecution of Cybercrimes. This is an excellent example of public-private partnership.”