India trains police to fight cybercrime

Some 22,000 Indian police officers have been trained to respond to cyber threats, but the country's cybersecurity body wants greater focus on forensic smartphone analysis.

The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) wants to train more local police so they have the ability to perform forensic analysis on smartphones. 

DSCI CEO Kamlesh Bajaj said the council already helped train around 22,000 police officers to deal with cybercrime, according to a report Tuesday in The Hindu. DSCI is an independent self-regulatory organization set up by National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).

However, Bajaj believes there should be more focus on training police to analyze and extract information from smartphones, including analyzing e-mail logs, and to verify and identify the source of IP addresses.

"Mobile users will be vulnerable to cybercrime as more financial transactions and bookings are done through their devices," he said.

The DSCI and the Indian government developed an education framework used to train officers from state governments, Central Bureau of Investigation, North East Police Academy, and Indian Defence. This work occurred at eight cyber labs around the country, and Bajaj said the Cyber Crime Investigation Programme will establish training facilities in all 35 states and Union Territories.