Pune School Offers Tips On How To Nab Cyber Criminals

Pune: | Updated: Sep 26 2003, 05:30am hrs
Six Malaysian government officials have been in Pune for the last two weeks to take a Certified Cyber Crime Investigator Level 1 course at the Asian School of Cyber Laws (ASCL).

The officials belonged to the police, excise and IT departments. After the Malaysian officials, it will be the turn of a Hong Kong team to visit the School.

There is an increase in demand from South East Asia. In Hong Kong we are training our representative there who will then train government officials and other agencies in this particular course. There is some interest in Mauritius too for such programmes, Shuchi Nagpal, one of the coordinators of the programme from the Asian School, said.

ASCL is a four-year-old institute which has pioneered education, training and consultancy in cyber law, cyber crime investigation and information security.

Along with the six officials from Malaysia, there were 10 other students from India. This is a new course that we had begun and our main target audience for the course were government bodies and corporates. However, we were pleasantly surprised when a lot of Indian students joined up for the course, Ms Nagpal said.

Law enforcement authorities from Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal have been sending their staff to the School for tips in investigating cyber crimes. The Pune Police has recently set up a special cyber crime cell and senior police officers are being trained by the School.

Law enforcement agencies have lagged behind technological advancements while criminals have been using new gadgets and technology to their advantage. Its time to seize the initiative and upgrade knowledge levels in the area not only to catch law breakers but to pre-empt them and be a step ahead, Pune police commissioner AN Roy said.