C-DAC Pune set to develop data centre for NIA's Delhi HQ

PUBLISH DATE 9th November 2017


BIG DEVELOPMENT - C-DAC Pune set to develop data centre for NIA's Delhi HQ

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune, has inked a pact with the National Investigation Agency for developing a state-of-the-art data centre for the latter.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, will provide data and network security for the agency's new headquarters in New Delhi.With the number of crimes via the internet increasing, C-DAC will also develop advanced cyber forensics capability for National Investigation Agency (NIA), the centre's executive director, Hemant Darbari, told TOI. Inspector-general Mukesh Singh of NIA and Darbari signed the two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on November 3 in Delhi.

“The MoU is intended to establish a collaboration between the C-DAC and NIA for consultancy turnkey solutions in designing and implementing the information systems architecture, data centre and other related information systems projects of critical importance to the agency and its branches. In the past, NIA, Kochi, consulted C-DAC, Thiruvanathapuram, for the capacity building of its IT division and cyber forensics,“ NIA's official notification stated.

The agency's new headquarters is in New Delhi, where C-DAC is building a modern data centre. “They need data analytics and cyber security labs among other facilities, which we will be providing,“ said Darbari.

Cyber forensics involves retrieving and analysing data from gadgets (such as computers, cellphones) used to commit a cyber crime. “With more and more cyber crimes reported on a daily basis, cyber forensics is the need of the hour,“ said Darbari.

Network security to avoid any data breach or intrusion from foreign or unscrupulous elements is also of prime importance for the country .This means that indigenous institutions develop tools to ensure that NIA's confidential data is protected.

“With foreign products, we don't know what will happen, especially when it comes to data security . In layman's terms, we are developing encryption and protection tools so that the data is not open to intrusion at any stage of storage or transmission,“ Darbari said.

Some of the projects CDAC has undertaken for INA include a robust network of IT architecture and security as well as hardware optimization.

By monitoring various networking sites and other movement on the internet, CDAC claims it will be able to predict the occurrence of a crime and prevent it.

“As a part of the project's second phase, we will be working on prediction of crime,“ Darbari added.


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