Friday, March 25, 2011

Computer Forensics Courses In India

The importance of information and communication technology (ICT) related research, education and training is self explanatory. This is more so when this is techno legal in nature where both technical as well as legal issues are involved.

This is the reason that the Lok Sabha passed a bill to provide status of IIT to eight new institutes and upgrade BHU's institute of technology into IIT. The government has also asserted that steps were being taken to address shortage of faculty and quality of higher education.

The government has also endorsed the importance of public private partnership (PPP) in imparting qualitative research, education and training in India. One area that can greatly benefit from PPP model is computer forensics research, education and training.

The word computer forensics depicts a picture of science fiction movie where cops or professionals engage in the same with great ease and style. However, in real life things are not as easy and glamorous as they are shown in movies.

Computer forensics is not an easy task. Rather it is a complicated procedure that requires great cyber skills development. Computer forensics requires practical scientific knowledge about computers and associated accessories. The evidence acquired through computer forensics must be legally admissible hence every precaution must be taken to acquire evidence in a legally acceptable manner.

Computer forensics in India is still at its youth stage. This is so because there is a general lack of legal enablement of ICT systems in India that can strengthen computer forensics research, education and training in India. In the absence of adequate legal enablement of ICT systems in India, computer forensics has also not developed much.

Another reason for lack of computer forensics in India is absence of adequate and qualitative techno legal computer forensics institutions. There are very few institutions that provide computer forensics educations and training in India. However, computer forensics is techno legal in nature that must cater both technical and legal requirements of the learners.

India has a single techno legal cyber forensics research, training and educational institution. It is managed by Perry4Law's Techno Legal Base (PTLB) and Perry4Law's Techno Legal ICT Training Centre (PTLITC). The centre is providing techno legal computer forensics education, trainings and course in India.

PTLB and PTLITC are providing their computer forensics courses and other techno legal course and trainings through the use of e-learning and online education models. Registration for online education and trainings in the field of cyber forensics and other techno legal courses of PTLB and PTLITC can be done through their online platforms here and here.

Some of the topics covered by the basic level computer forensics course include basic introduction about applicable law, cyber law of India, digital evidencing in India, e-mail tracing, data recovery, etc. The students or professionals undergoing the basic level trainings and education from PTLB would be given preference for courses and trainings undertaken by PTLITC.

Application form for the enrollment to various courses, internships and trainings can be downloaded from here and more details about the courses of PTLB can be found here.

PTLITC is also in the process of providing highly specialised and domain specific techno legal trainings, courses and educations in the fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, anti cyber terrorism, anti cyber warfare, human rights protection in cyberspace, lawful interceptions and self defence against unlawful interceptions, etc. If you have a temperament for techno legal course, get yourself a seat as techno legal profession is going to be one of the most remunerative and in demand profession in future.