KSUM Startup Becomes First Private Forensic Lab to Get NABL Accreditation in South India

Alibi Global Private Limited, a startup registered under the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL), becoming the first private forensic lab in South India to get the recognition.

Based in Technopark in the capital city, Alibi is the first exclusive Cyber Forensics private lab in the country. The NABL accreditation to Alibi is for a period of two years.

The startup has been working exclusively in the domain of Cyber Forensics, providing training and support to the law enforcement agencies including Kerala Police, Tamil Nadu Police, National Crime Records Bureau, CERT-IN, Andaman & Nicobar Police, C-DAC and also to private clients, for the last two years.

Commenting on the recognition, Alibi’s Chairman and Managing Director Gandhimathi Balan said that the reports furnished by NABL- accredited laboratories are accepted internationally and enjoy high credibility in the court of law as well.

Alibi Technical Director Bhadran VK said the cyber forensic lab of Alibi possesses internationally acclaimed forensic software and hardware tools that could be used to acquire evidence from CCTV videos, advanced mobile phone devices, computers, servers, network and other storage devices. Recovery of deleted files from mobile and computer devices are all within the scope of NABL accreditation granted to Alibi.

Forensic experts from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Hyderabad and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) Goa, conducted several rounds of stringent audit after which, the accreditation was granted to Alibi.

The cyber forensic engineers of Alibi, about 95 percent of whom are women, conduct the analysis and cyber investigation of various digital forensic cases assigned to them, adhering to stringent policies and guidelines of NABL, according to the former Joint Director of Kerala State Forensic Science Lab, Dr Sunil SP, who currently heads the operations team of Alibi.

Alibi Founder Director Sowmya Balan said the firm is aiming to be a Centre of Excellence in Cyber Forensics and has plans to expand globally soon. She added that KSUM has given great support and opportunities for exposure to Alibi in its strive for growth.

KSUM is the nodal agency of the Government of Kerala for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.


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