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Infosys Foundation to help set up cybercrime investigation centre in Bengaluru

Infosys Foundation has committed investment of around 22 crore and technical expertise

Bengaluru: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of technology giant Infosys Ltd, led by Sudha Murthy on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Karnataka state police to set up a Centre for Cybercrime Investigation Training & Research (CCITR) in Bengaluru to help law enforcement authorities develop capabilities in tackling rising instances of cyber crime.

Infosys Foundation, which already supports the existing facility for cyber crime in Bengaluru, has committed investment of around 22 crore and technical expertise among other services over the next five years for the new venture. The MoU was signed between the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state police and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and Infosys Foundation.

“The CCITR is a project for the present and the future; aiming to build state-of-the-art facilities to tackle cyber crime in Karnataka," Murthy, chairperson, Infosys Foundation, said in a statement.

Cyber crime and attacks have been rising rapidly in several cities of the country but archaic laws and traditional policing have proved ineffective.

There have been as many as 33,531 cases of cyber attacks in the last three years, according to a reply in the Rajya Sabha by Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir earlier this year, the Press Trust of India reported.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 9,622, 11,592 and 12,317 cyber-crime cases were registered in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, PTI reported.

Known as the information technology capital of the country, Bengaluru has also had to deal with an increase in cyber crime, especially to do with fake online lottery scams.

The CCITR is expected to be completed within four months and will be able to train at 100-120 police professionals per batch as compared to around 20 now, Praveen Sood, director-general of police, CID, special units and economic offences, said.