Cyber Forensics training for Sikkim Police

Gangtok: 19 Aug: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC)-Kolkata in association with National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT)- Gangtok launched a 2-dayonline training progremme on Cyber Forensics for Sikkim Police personnel fromTuesday, 18th August, 2020. This is the first in a series of trainings to be offered for the various stakeholders of criminal justice system of the state government like Police Officers, Prosecutors and Judiciary.The training is being implemented under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India sponsored project entitled "Development of Cyber Forensic Training cum Investigation Labs in North-Eastern States and Cloud based Centralized Cyber Forensics Lab Infrastructures", being implemented in 8 North-Eastern States by NIELIT Kohima and C-DAC Kolkata.

The inaugural session was attended by dignitaries from MeitY- Government of India, IISC Bangalore, DIT -Sikkim Government and CID -Sikkim Police.

Sri Asok Bandyopadhyay, Associate Director, and Project Chief Investigator, CDAC Kolkata welcomed the dignitaries and the participants. Thereafter, Dr Nabarun Bhattacharya, Sr. Director and Centre Head CDAC Kolkata addressed and underlined the importance of the MeitY sponsored Cyber Forensic project especially in the context of the NE states. He thanked Sikkim Police and DIT-Government of Sikkim for spontaneous response and participation in this important event. Thereafter, Sri N. Jaswant, IFS, Director DIT Government of Sikkim hailed the initiative of MeitY and stressed on synergic relationship among the state IT department and the central agencies like NIELIT and CDAC in bringing about the digital empowerment in the state as envisioned by Government of Sikkim. Sri Tenzing Loden Lepcha, IPS SP, CID in his insightful speech emphasized on how analysis of digital evidence is becoming increasingly important for investigation and prosecution. He stressed for adequate training to the police personnel for attaching the digital evidence to charge sheets. Thereafter, Sri Arvind Kumar, Scientist-G and Group Coordinator, R&D in Electronics & Cyber Security, MeitY affirmed the commitment of MeitY in empowering the law enforcement agencies with the appropriate knowledge and tools, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic era when common citizens are increasingly being dependent on digital technology for daily transactions and communications. He emphasized that NIELIT and CDAC should redesign the course delivery mechanism in blended mode at this trying time so that participants get effective training.

Finally, The talk delivered by Professor N Balakrishnan, SERC, IISC Bangalore and Chairman of Working Group, MeitY was insightful and stimulating. Professor Balakrishnan, having been at the helm of affairs of key Cyber Security initiatives of Government of India recounted the challenges and experiences while establishing the cyber ecosystem in the country, especially the CERT-In. He applauded the efforts of CDAC Trivandrum and contribution by CDAC Kolkata and CDAC Mohali in developing the Cyber Forensic Tool. He also appreciated the importance of executing the project jointly by CDAC and NIELIT, in a planned and professional manner with state-of-art delivery mechanisms and updated course material.

The inaugural ceremony ended with the formal vote of thanks by Shri Arup Chattopadhyay, Director-in-charge of NIELIT, Gangtok

On day two of the training, Dr. Gulshan Rai, Ex-National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC), National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Delhi & Chairman PRSG Committeeimparted a lecture and enlightened the audience on the rapidly changing mobile and communication technology and the importance of continuation upgradation of knowledge in Cyber Forensics.

34 police personnel from Sikkim Police including senior officers and key persons deployed at field received the 2-day training online.