Objectives of Mumbai Cyber Lab – To impart basic training in cyber crime investigation to the officers of Mumbai Police.

Functioning:- Mumbai Cyber Lab is jointly operated by Mumbai Police and NASSCOM. It has one server and nine state of art computers. One officer from Cyber Crime Cell along with one computer trained constable has been attached to the Lab.  NASSCOM pays for a Project Manager, who is the over all in-charge of the lab. Training is imparted by cyber cell officers and volunteers selected by NASSCOM /students from Bombay University.

Training content:- A programme is taken out in advance seeking nominations for officers. Accordingly police stations nominate officers and ten are trained every week. Special courses are run on demand. Thane, New Mumbai Commissionarates, Anti-Corruption Bureau Mumbai also avails of the facility .Besides basic training in hardware and software, following topics are covered in details;

Duration of the training : The basic training consists of six days followed by an ‘on line’ test.

Feed back: -   The six days training programme on cyber crime investigation is followed by an interactive feed back sessions.  It is heartening to note that nearly 100% participants have found the training to be very useful. 

 Recent decisions

• It has been decided to give specialized training in investigation of cyber crime to a few selected officers for developing a pool of core competence at Zonal and Regional levels. 

• It has also been decided to keep a separate slot for a special course for the officers of Cyber Cell to enhance their skill. It has been noted that officers of Cyber Cell/MCL are so busy in day to day work that their own knowledge is slowly getting out dated.  Therefore, the need for their specialized training

• To conduct a week long workshop on ethical hacking to understand the mind of a hacker and to keep pace with recent trends.

           Mumbai Cyber Lab has completed two years and has been working as an extension of Cyber Cell.  It has been noted that while registration of criminal cases is very low, the officers are mainly kept busy in enquiries involving misuse of internet.  Mumbai Police along with NASSCOM celebrates Cyber Safety Week every year.  This is another avenue for interaction amongst Police officers and I.T. companies with special reference to cyber security.  Mumbai Cyber Lab and the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell actively participate during the week long celebrations in imparting knowledge on cyber security to students in school, colleges, to parents, industrialists, bankers, as well as police officials.  The excellent quality of work of Mumbai Cyber Lab in imparting training to Police officers and creating awareness on cyber security has indeed made it an excellent example of public – private joint venture.

     (M.C. Borwankar)        
 (Formal) Jt. Commissioner of Police,
 (Crime), Brihan Mumbai