Cyber Forensic Lab to be set up in Odisha soon

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Cuttack: With an aim to check the increasing number of cyber crime cases, the Odisha government will soon set up Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CFL) in the State, official sources said today.

This was informed by State Crime Branch ADG Santosh Kumar Upadhyay today while attending a two-day training programme on cyber crime investigation in Cuttack.

The training-cum-seminar titled “Cyber Security, Cyber Investigation & Forensic” was inaugurated by State Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma here at the conference hall of Crime Branch, CID.

“Cyber security is important as people are daily getting various types of virus and malicious software on internet. The specialised training programme on Cyber security will help the police officials to get special knowledge and skills how to crack cybercrimes in a changing and dynamic time,” said Sharma.

The State’s top cop also informed that a proposal has been sent to the State government to set up three Cyber Police Stations in Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Jeypore (Koraput).

Cyber crime Police Stations in Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur, which were recently approved, will be operational from March 2018, the DGP added.

At present there is only one cyber police station operational in Cuttack. The cyber police station at Cuttack functions under the state Crime Branch.

Experts from Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Calcutta, International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar, and State Forensic Laboratory attended the two-day event to impart training regarding collection of electronic evidence in scientific manner and basic knowledge on investigation of various forms of cyber crimes.

Speaking on the occasion, Crime Branch ADG Santosh Kumar Upadhyay said: “The main purpose of this seminar is to train Sub-Inspectors and Inspectors, who are primary investigating officers, to tackle the cyber crime related cases more effectively with the help of technology.”

Odisha is one of the States in the country which witnessed a sharp increase in cyber crime related cases since 2014-15.

According to official sources, at least 669 cyber crime cases have been registered till October this year as against total number of 378 such cases reported in 2016.

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shown a total of 386 cybercrime cases were reported in 2015 as against 124 in 2014 across the State.

As many as 90 police personnel took part in the training programme.