Cops get new tech against cyber crime

The Mumbai Police has tied up with its partners in the IT sector to launch a forum called “CopTech”,part of an effort to keep pace with the latest developments in the cyber world and changing trends in cyber crime.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | Mumbai | Published:August 20, 2010 12:25 am

The Mumbai Police has tied up with its partners in the IT sector to launch a forum called “CopTech”,part of an effort to keep pace with the latest developments in the cyber world and changing trends in cyber crime.

“Along with NASSCOM and ICICI Bank,we are launching a forum called CopTech,” Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal said.

The dedicated cyber crime police station at the Bandra-Kurla Complex and the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) at the Mumbai Police headquarters will get upgrades and be relaunched by the month-end.

One major leap forward will involve the new cyber lab being developed at the police station at BKC. It will finally have the necessary resources to handle sophisticated cyber forensics independently,with the police so far having relied on other agencies and laboratories for such work.

“The existing cyber lab at Worli is being shifted to the cyber crime police station at BKC. Until now,although we had our own methods of cracking cyber crimes using the resources available,we had to approach other bodies for cyber forensics evidence that could be used in a court. The new lab at BKC will have the capability to deal with cyber forensics on its own,” said Addl CP (Crime) Deven Bharti.

About the overall upgrade,Dayal said,“The cyber cell and the cyber police station will receive a fresh inauguration sometime towards the end of this month. Hardware and software both keep changing at a fast pace,so existing resources become outdated. The two units will receive major upgrades in the form of the latest software available,” said Dayal.

Along with technological upgrades,the police are also looking at creating increased awareness about cyber crime and checks against it. “With the launch of CopTech,we also plan to extend our awareness campaigns. The existing Cyber Safety Week campaign will no longer be a weeklong affair. We intend to extend the idea and have the campaign go on at regular intervals through the year,” said Dayal.

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