NEW DELHI: The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is organising a hackathon that will challenge law enforcement personnel as well as ‘civilian’ cyber security enthusiasts, students and tech professionals, to detect vulnerabilities and flaws in the crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS) that interlinks police stations and criminals database across the country.
A tweet posted on NCRB’s official Twitter handle said NCRB was inviting innovative minds, secured coders across all segments of civilians and police personnel to find vulnerabilities and logical flaws in CCTNS application. The competition — being organised in partnership with civil society outfit Cyber Peace Foundation — will involve CCTNS bug hunting, ideathon and eRaksha awards.
“Individuals will be evaluated based on their findings, classified as high/medium/low on criticality,” NCRB said adding that participants could submit ideas, suggestions and good practices for improvements in CCTNS app.
NCRB has justified the ‘ideathon’ saying that it would offer the police personnel an opportunity to share ideas, suggestions and good practices to makes CCTNS more robust and popular. “Participant may share investigative tools, videos, applications, strategies, case studies etc developed by them to address and solve cyber-crimes effectively. Each state/UTs may send two entries.
Entries are to be submitted by individuals/police professionals latest by February 20, after which the selection committee will screen the entries. A jury will meet in last week of February or first week of March on CCTNS ideathon and eRaksha awards, followed by bug hunting at NCRB. Winners will be declared on March 7 and awards given on March 11.
CCTNS scheme involves creation of Central and state level databases on crime and criminals starting from FIRs. It enables easy sharing of real-time intelligence across police stations; improved investigation and crime prevention; and better service delivery to public through citizen portals.