Friday, May 25, 2012

Cyber Forensics In India Needs Rejuvenation

Cyber forensics has become an indispensable part of legal systems world wide. Naturally, countries across the world are trying to develop cyber forensics capabilities. Cyber forensics in India, on the other hand, is not in a good shape. In fact, cyber forensics and Indian approach in this regard are not conducive for the long term growth and development of cyber forensics in India.

According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of ICT law firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal specialist of Asia, Cyber Forensics has not found favour with the Executive, Judiciary, Legislature and the Administrative Branches of India. We have no dedicated Cyber Forensics Laws in India. Even the Information Technology Act 2000 (IT Act 2000), which is the Cyber Law of India, is not covering Cyber Forensics. A going reference of Cyber Forensics may be found in the IT Act 2000 but that is nothing more than a reference with no actual “Utility” as on date.

Thus, in India cyber forensics is not growing because of factors like lack of awareness, lack of political will, fear of unknown, apathy to the technology, etc. Our lawmakers are not aware of technological issues and our executive is least bothered. Naturally cyber forensics cannot grow in such an environment.

Agrees Andre Muscat, Director, Strategic Relationships at GFI Software Ltd. There is an under investment in laws, systems and platforms to enhance cyber forensics in various countries. It seems that there are countries who under invest in this area, and others who are on the front of investing and growing but with a problem in understanding how to actually invest in, opines Andre Muscat. There are so many tools and solutions which can help this situation and we frequently find that these tools are just not known to exist, says Andre Muscat.

It is high time that Indian government must ensure cyber forensics skills development in India. PTLB is managing the exclusive online cyber forensics training centre of India. PTLB is also providing online cyber forensics courses in India. More such initiatives must be undertaken in India to bridge the cyber forensics skills gap that is existing in India.