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Nasscom plans 3 more cyber labs

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To provide training to cops investigating cyber crimes

MR B. RAMALINGA RAJU, Chairman of Satyam Computers, addressing the Nasscom-organised Hyderabad Cyber Safety Week 2006. — P.V. Sivakumar

Hyderabad , July 20

To address security concerns and groom cops for cyber policing, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) plans to set up three more cyber labs, complementing the existing two centres in Mumbai and Thane.

The new centres would come up in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad, respectively. While the Pune and Bangalore centres are at advanced stage, Nasscom is in talks with IT industry representatives and the Indian Banks Association (IBA) for another centre in Hyderabad.

The Director of Cyber Security and Compliance, Mr Nandakumar Saravade, said these labs are aimed at providing training to field level police officials who take up investigations of the cyber crimes. These centres are managed through a public-private partnership mode, supported by technology and banking industry players.

"Since the banking sector uses technology intensively, we are in talks with the IBA to seek their partnership. This effort has yielded results with the Bangalore centre being sponsored by Canara Bank. For the Hyderabad centre, Nasscom is in discussions with State Bank of India and Andhra Bank," he said. Mr Saravade, an IPS officer on deputation with Nasscom, told presspersons on the sidelines of Nasscom Security meet, that police officials will be trained on extracting evidence using Internet, mobile phones and on cyber crime related legislations.

Apart from creating the necessary infrastructure in the country to tackle cyber crimes, Nasscom is in discussions with the Government to fine-tune the IT Act, to make it more stringent.

"We expect this to be taken up during the winter session of Parliament," he said. The Nasscom Chairman, Mr B. Ramalinga Raju, said the Indian IT industry is poised to hit the $80-billion mark by 2010 and possibly trillion-dollar mark in a decade thereafter. Security has become a vital aspect of the industry. Addressing this is no longer a necessity but an issue of survival for the industry.

Some of the recent incidents such as MphasiS security breach point that there is the tendency to blow this out of proportion causing disrepute to the sector. Overseas media seems to blow this out of proportion, giving a chance to anti-outsourcing lobbies to attack, he said. "From the Nasscom perspective, we view security as a critical component of the IT industry but this cannot be restricted to just technology and needs to cover the system, infrastructure processes. We need better legislations that are stringent ," Mr Raju said.

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