ORF launches national cyber security training for law enforcement agencies

| Updated: Feb 28, 2017 00:09 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): A national project to build capacity among law enforcement agencies (LEAs) on cyber security has been developed by Observer Research Foundation in association with the Sardar Patel National Police University. As part of this ambitious project, a cyber-security workshop is being organised in Mumbai tomorrow at the police headquarters for the law enforcement agencies in Maharashtra. The DGP of Maharashtra Police and Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel National Police University will be present at the workshop. The first workshop was organised in Jaipur on November 30 and December 1, 2016 at the Rajasthan Police Academy headquarters on November 30 and December 1 last year. The two-day workshop involved law enforcement officials from the state as well as representatives from federal agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Border Security Force (BSF). The second workshop was held in Bangalore on February 20 this year at the BSF's Signals Training School. The participants were mostly from the Karnataka Criminal Investigation Department, the Bangalore City Police, Crime Branch representatives as well as technical graduates from the BSF School. ORF is planning to host these workshops with investigating officers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and New Delhi also. These states were chosen mostly to address the growing incidence of electronic crimes in their metropolitan cities and towns. In addition, there will be training sessions organised for federal agencies (CBI/ NIA etc.) as well as policy makers in New Delhi. This project intends to train mid-level police and investigating officers, through eight workshops in two years, on a range of cyber policies, from "now and here" issues like encryption and data sharing to broader themes like internet governance. The workshops are aimed not only at enhancing the legal and technical awareness of LEAs, but also to assess their current abilities and make recommendations to state and central government to improve them. A detailed curriculum is being prepared by ORF to guide the overall training process. Trainers are also identified by ORF. The national cyber-security workshops have been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, supplemented by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. So far, the workshops have covered topics such as: (1) Data interception and surveillance laws in India; (2) Effective use of electronic evidence for criminal investigations; (3) Improvement of device-based, and information security of LEA officials themselves; (4) Data protection guidelines in India compared to the United States and Europe; (5) Drafting MLAT requests; (6) Understanding the architecture of digital payment gateways. (ANI)