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Indian State to Spend $100M on Cutting-Edge Cyber Labs

New Cybercrime Investigation Labs to Use Advanced Forensic Tools to Detect Crime
Indian State to Spend $100M on Cutting-Edge Cyber Labs
The Mantralaya building, the administrative headquarters of the Maharashtra government (Image: Shutterstock)

The government of Maharashtra in India released the first phase of a $100 million grant to L&T Technology Services to establish a state-of-the-art cybercrime prevention center and design a sophisticated cybersecurity system to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime.

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The state government on Wednesday provided approximately $3 million to pure-play engineering and technology services company L&T Technology Services to establish dozens of cybersecurity command centers across the state to enhance authorities' ability to respond to cybercrime complaints and crack down on fraud networks.

The disbursement forms part of the state government's $100 million contract with the technology company in March to use cutting-edge forensic tools, such as deepfake detection, mobile malware forensics, IoT investigation, network forensics, voice analysis labs, social media forensics, and hardware forensic tools to detect and investigate cybercrime incidents.

LTTS, along with KPMG Assurance and Consulting Services as its forensics partner, will use the money to set up a Digital Threat Analytics Center and a Center of Excellence, which will integrate a range of forensic tools and capabilities to streamline investigations and accelerate timelines.

The two companies also will establish a Central Emergency Response Team that will combine cyberthreat intelligence with adversary intelligence from the dark web, proactive threat hunting, red team exercises and advanced malware analysis to lead incident response and investigations.

"It's an opportunity to leverage our experience in setting up over 25 command centers and recognizing the growing criticality of cybersecurity and the need to invest in advanced digital safeguard platforms and tools for the benefit of the larger society," said LTTS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Amit Chadha.

The government's move to adopt cutting-edge forensic tools to detect and investigate cybercrime incidents coincides with a major rise in financial fraud across the country. The Indian government said that in 2023, citizens reported 1.12 million incidents of cyber-enabled financial fraud involving the theft of about $900 million. Authorities managed to solve about 41% of the reported incidents, recovering about $110 million.

The government passed the Telecommunications Act in December to reduce rising instances of SIM fraud and phone scams. The law requires telecom services providers to conduct biometric authentication for every SIM card registration and ensure that mobile users can see the name or identity of those who call or text them (see: India Targets Worsening SIM Fraud With New Telecom Law).

LTTS said it will set up a security operations center, which will fortify the government's critical infrastructure defenses by using cybersecurity tools such as privileged access management, endpoint detection, security information and event management, zero trust network access, network access controls, identity and access management, and security orchestration, automation and response tools.

In addition to the $100 million grant to LTTS, the Maharashtra government in March established an Evidence Management Center near Mumbai, which Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said will be the country's most modern and biggest cyber lab to investigate cybercrimes.

About the Author

Jayant Chakravarti

Jayant Chakravarti

Senior Editor, APAC

Chakravarti covers cybersecurity developments in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been writing about technology since 2014, including for Ziff Davis.

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