The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) on May 6 will launch what is touted to be the country’s first cyber lab in a legal academic institution.

The lab, co-funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, will be inaugurated by Shyamal Ghosh, the former Telecom Secretary, Government of India; Gulshan Rai, Director-General, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and R. Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NLSIU.

A.S. Kamble, Director, CERT-In, is expected to be present. The lab will have 30 computer systems equipped with basic cyber forensic tools procured from C-DAC and will be used as teaching tools to train government officials involved in adjudicating, prosecuting and policing cyber crimes on “cyber forensics issues”. Judges, police officers, prosecutors, lawyers, IT security experts will be the main subjects of the training programmes.

A release from NLSIU’s Advanced Centre for Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics, said the centre also offers training programmes for bank officials and other professionals who want to gain knowledge of cyber technology and forensics crucial for detection and investigation of cyber crimes.

Nagarathna A., coordinator of the centre, said: “This is the first such lab in a legal academic institution. The centre intends to upgrade it with more technical and forensics tools so as to make it a sophisticated platform to teach cyber laws and cyber forensics to various stakeholders. This will contribute to the cyber law and justice administration in the country.”

The centre launched its Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics in June 2013, which senior police officers, IT security officers and lawyers have enrolled for.

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