The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) will extend its expertise to assist Tamil Nadu police in cybercrime investigation, its Director (Cyber Security) Pratap Reddy said on Thursday.

“The NASSCOM and Data Security Council of India intend to establish a Cyber Laboratory for Crime Branch CID in association with Lakshmi Vilas Bank. Besides assisting the police in cyber forensics and investigation, the laboratory will serve as a permanent training centre,” Mr. Reddy told The Hindu here.

Apart from police personnel, other department officials and employees of corporate companies would be trained to enhance the overall cyber security environment.

“Police lack adequate technical expertise when it comes to cybercrime investigation. Trained personnel of NASSCOM will fill this gap. Similar laboratories have been set up in Mumbai, Thane, Bangalore and Pune. We hope to establish the facility in Chennai by March next year,” he said.

Mr. Reddy was here to participate in a seminar on ‘Cyber Safe Tamil Nadu 2009,’ organised by the Tamil Nadu Police, DSCI and NASSCOM. Delegates from various police organisations, IT companies, educational institutions and banks are participating in the five-day programme.

Inaugurating the event, Director-General of Police K.P. Jain said IT had brought in a remarkable transformation in all walks of life.

However, increasing use of the Internet had simultaneously given birth to innovative ways of committing crimes that had no boundary. Many cybercrimes went unreported due to reluctance or ignorance on the part of the victims.

As a result, reliable statistics on crimes were not available for assessing the extent of the problem.

“The trend is changing from individuals operating for mischief or profit to international organised crime groups carrying out criminal activities such as terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking, cyber-based extortion and fraud, child pornography and spreading hatred. Hence, understanding the changes in crime patterns is critical to take preventive steps.”

R. Chandrasekharan, president and managing director, Cognizant, said a simple security violation could tarnish the hard-earned image and reputation of a company.

K.S.R. Anjaneyulu, Executive Director of Lakshmi Vilas Bank, Purushothaman, Regional Director of NASSCOM, highlighted aspects of cyber security.

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